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People buying their own social care need more support, watchdog warns

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5941
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

UK taxpayers could be faced with a bill of £1bn a year by 2035—double what it is now—for rescuing people who fund their own social care when they run out of money, concludes a report by the National Audit Office, unless more stringent oversight arrangements are put in place.

The public spending watchdog’s report, which looks at choice and competition in care services for people who use private funds (self funders) or local government funds (personal budget holders) to buy care services of their own choosing, says that the market is beset by variable levels of support and information and a lack of formal oversight.

Unless these shortcomings are dealt with, it warns, the opening up of the market won’t represent value for money in …

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