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Integrating Planning Could Avoid Crises in Hospitals

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has renewed its calls for structured plans to integrate health and social care.

Last night the BBC Programme, Hospital, depicted an NHS hospital in crisis. Patients were left on trolleys and routine operations cancelled. What seemed to be lacking was any cross sector planning that could have averted, or diminished this crisis. Many of the people who were occupying beds in the acute hospital, could have been discharged into care homes in the local area, and there was capacity available to do this. Despite all the talk of integrated systems, last night's documentary clearly showed, that the NHS is unable to plan across the system and is then going into a crisis which could have been averted.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:

“Despite endless talk about integration, last night the BBC displayed in technicolour that the NHS was failing to engage social care effectively and going into a crisis. We need to see the NHS auditing all potential services within its locality and using them effectively to avert cancelled operations and inappropriate admissions”.

Care England’s call comes at a time when 21 Chairs of Select Committees have written to the Prime Minister calling for a cross party commission on health and social care.

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Notes to editors:

  • Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  • Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.  A Care England survey in July 2017 noted that 45% of providers are projecting to take on less Local Authority placements over the next 3 years due to low rates being paid by councils
  • For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk or visit www.careengland.org.uk
  • BBC Hospital http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08w8ktc