The social care crisis is pulling NHS trusts further underwater

Managers tell of the equivalent of several wards of patients stuck in hospitals for want of social services | The Guardian

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The government’s refusal to find any new money for social care will inflict significant and lasting damage on the NHS and the lives of its patients.

The local government finance settlement announced by the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, this week did virtually nothing to alleviate the growing social care crisis. He simply allowed local authorities to bring forward council tax increases and shifted £240m from housing.

Compare that with Local Government Association figures showing adult social care funding fell from £14.7bn in 2012-13 to £14.1bn in 2015-16, while demand continues to rise.

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