Social Care System Fit For Purpose ? Our Survey Said .....

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Don't we all " Love " surveys in Carerland .... ?

This one's slight different as 101 mps were asked : ... 19796.html
Social care system 'not fit for purpose', say nine out of 10 MPs

Only 10 per cent of the 101 English politicians surveyed believe the UK is equipped to cater to an ageing population

Occasionly , black humour is the only real response to articles / surveys like this one.

So what ?????????????

Just get together and SORT IT OUT !

Simples ?

Any reader would think so ?

Social care system 'not fit for purpose', say nine out of 10 MPs

MPs... they like a bit of irony don't they?

Well said , sir / madam / person of indeterminate gender !

Irony ...

Today's Private Eye :

Number Crunching :

Amount budgeted for repairs to Big Ben’s clock tower, with huge fuss over ‘health and safety gone mad’ being blamed for silencing of bell.

Amount budgeted for repairs and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, in which 350 people actually lived, about which very little fuss was made at time

Our Government is very good at .... irony ?
A little more from the Yorkie Post : ... -1-8729276
“This poll is entirely consistent with the report we did at the end of the last Parliament, which called for a fundamental review of not only the funding but the whole way that social care operates,” said Sheffield MP and CLG select committee chairman, Clive Betts. “This is about having a properly skilled workforce, proper career progression, and proper terms and conditions for people who are delivering a very important service.

“We’ve had around 9 percent cuts in real terms in social care funding since 2010. The number of elderly people needing care has gone up... and there have been cuts in the budget. That all adds up to a significant problem that needs immediately addressing.”

Ministers have previously acknowledged that the system is under significant pressure, announcing two emergency funding packages in December and March totalling £2.9bn. They have also committed to publishing a green paper on social care reform.

However, MPs argue any review needs to be wide-ranging and have cross-party support. The former CLG committee member and Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Holinrake warned that otherwise the crisis will continue.

“There have been successive rounds of funding which have plugged the short term gap, but it’s the medium and longer term problem that we need to solve,” he said. “It is a ticking time bomb and unless we do something structural and strategic to solve [it] then we are going to be fighting this for many decades.”

The former Lib Dem Health Minister, Norman Lamb added: “The Government simply cannot afford to put off finding solutions to these problems.

“Without lasting reform, the most vulnerable frail and elderly people are at real risk of falling through the gaps and not getting the support they expect and deserve.”

Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age said: “The crisis in social care was front and centre in the election earlier this year, and it is clear from this poll that there is an overwhelming desire from politicians on all sides for the Government to work towards a cross-party consensus on a solution.

“The problems in social care are about more than simply finding new bits of money to pump into a system that isn’t fit for purpose. To meet current and future demand, we need to take a radically different approach, recognising the status quo has failed.”

A Government spokesman said: “[We are] absolutely committed to improving social care in this country, which is why we have provided an additional £2bn for the sector”.
In both CarerLand and CareeLand , talk is cheap ....

Yawn ?
The Daily Chuckle ( Mail ) finally joins the bandwagon : ... rpose.html

The Prime Minister tried to tackle the issue of social care during the election campaign by announcing a proposal to make elderly people pay for care in their own home. But following a fierce backlash the plan was scrapped.

Instead, it was said that ministers would hold a ‘very wide consultation’ on reforming the care system, which would consider a cap and a ‘floor’ on what individuals should pay.

Commenting on the ComRes poll, Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said: ‘The health and care system in England is creaking at the seams.

‘While ministers have promised a green paper on the future of social care, this falls short of the fundamental review of the health and care system we desperately need.’

The Department of Health said: ‘This government is committed to improving social care in this country, which is why we have provided an additional £2billion for the sector, introduced tougher inspections to keep driving up standards and committed to consult on the future of social care to ensure sustainability in the long term.’

Usual comments section at the bottom ... well worth reading as the Daily Chuckle tends to attract many more " Intellectually challenged " readers than most others ... said definition , of course , does not extend to Sun viewers , if not occasionly readers ?
Very interesting article , both as to author , and where it was posted :

Robert Morritt is Head of Public Affairs at the housing and care provider Home Group and sits on the Board of the Care & Support Alliance.

Conservative Home web site : ... ption.html

Robert Morritt: Doing nothing on social care isn’t an option

Despite the media focus, social care’s contribution to our society goes way beyond keeping older people out of hospital, important though that is; in fact, it would not be an exaggeration to describe social care as ‘life support’. Ensuring that there is sufficient care in place is also about supporting the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers – family members or friends, some of whom have to give up work or take time off and juggle their work commitments to support their loved one. This does absolutely nothing to help our already very poor levels of productivity.

Social care needs to work for everyone – older people, disabled people, and their carers. Well in excess of a million older people and disabled people are being denied the basic care they need to get on with their lives, such as help with getting out of bed, washing, and taking an active part in their local community.

Traditionally, social care like health has probably been seen as more of a Labour issue than a Conservative one. At its heart this ought to be something that the Conservative Party can engage with passionately. Many of the issues are familiar – centring on a lack of choice, responsibility and the best way to provide those services in what is a very mixed economy with both public and private providers.

Yet, over the last seven years, Conservative Ministers have sought to kick the can down the road. An extra billion here or there and then the two per cent precept on Council Tax. Each decision in itself sensible and welcomed but equally betraying a lack of a long term vision for how we deal with an aging society. Total cumulative savings by over stretched local authorities in adult social care since 2010 will amount to over £6.3bn by the end of March 2018. Levels of spending shouldn’t be the sole metric on which we judge the health of the system but when combined with a population shift they demonstrate how short sighted the approach to date has been. Local government reductions are simply replaced by expensive central government sticking plasters.

It would be wrong to shy away from what is a very bleak picture. In a recent survey of care professionals supported by the Care and Support Alliance, more than four in five respondents (83 per cent) did not think there was enough variety and quality of social care provision in their area for people to exercise genuine choice and control over the care they received. Half of respondents (51 per cent) said their local authority imposed exclusions on what people could spend their personal budget or direct payment on to meet their eligible needs. This means that at the very least, the spirit of the Care Act 2014 was not being abided with so far as the older and disabled people affected were concerned.

Successive governments have failed to tackle head on the challenges of creating a sustainable care system. Disabled people, older people, and their families are being denied care as a result. This issue can no longer be kicked into the long grass. Though all the indications, as Isabel Hardman at The Spectator suggests, are that the party intends to do little.

There have been numerous commissions and reviews undertaken over many years. The consequences of not fixing the problem now would be dire for individuals and the ultimately the taxpayer – including continued pressure on the NHS and too many disabled people and carers falling out of the job market too early. We acknowledge this is not an easy task but it’s as vital to our future as almost any other bar Brexit.

A well written article that will not go down too well in the shires and millionaires rows ?

Still , full marks for stating the b******g obvious !