The NHS and social care must stop bickering over funding | Niall Dickson With both parts of the system under pressure, blaming each other will do nothing to help those who rely on services.
A comprehensive settlement for funding social care remains elusive. Successive governments have placed it in the “too difficult” pile and, given the role that social care played in the election campaign and its outcome, it is difficult to envisage the government being able to solve it anytime soon.
Now, as a result of repeated failures to address this fundamental issue, we have a growing dispute between health and local government about how new money announced in the budget earlier this year should be allocated. While there may be those who wish to cast aspersions on either side, the reality is that this dispute reflects the fact that both parts of the system are under intolerable pressure. Yet it is in no one’s interest, least of all those who rely on our services, for the NHS and local government to be at loggerheads about how funding is allocated. Continue reading... The Guardian