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Social care is “most urgent” priority for autumn statement, say leading think tanks

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5999 (Published 08 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5999
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Leading think tanks have urged ministers to boost social care funding to safeguard the care of older and disabled people

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The government should prioritise social care ahead of the NHS in its upcoming autumn statement, three leading UK think tanks have urged.

In a joint briefing paper published ahead of the government’s autumn statement on 23 November, the Nuffield Trust, the King’s Fund, and the Health Foundation said that the beleaguered social care sector faced a £1.9bn (€2.1bn; $2.4bn) funding gap next year through cuts and rising demand.1

Though acknowledging the substantial pressure on NHS budgets, the think tanks argued that plugging the social …

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