The real social care ‘catastrophe’ is in England


In a response today to the publication of the Hewitt Review – ‘An independent review of integrated care systems’ (in England) by Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, the statement from the President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) included this:

Firstly on A&E waiting time measures: “The four-hour target is important but the (recently revised) TARGET OF 76% as outlined by the government and NHS England is unambitious and will do little to drive improvements in patient flow and patient care. This target MUST BE REVISED TO A MORE AMBITIOUS AND MEANINGFUL FIGURE. With transparent data and meaningful targets, we will have greater clarity and understanding of the patient journey and problems of flow and delays to care. With a renewed and improved focus on the four-hour target in conjunction WITH THE NEW 12-HOUR LENGTH OF STAY DATA MEASURED FROM THE TIME OF ARRIVAL and national priorities for holistic working, we will be working towards eliminating delays to patient care and overcrowding.” (my emphasis)

Then responding to the announcement by the Department of Health and Social Care that promised funding for the social care workforce in England will be halved, the President of the RCEM said:

“At a time when this essential review is published which shows how much work there is to be done in integrated care, IT IS A SHAMEFUL BETRAYAL TO LEARN THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE CUTTING MILLIONS FROM THE BUDGET PLEDGED FOR SOCIAL CARE. Quite simply you will not be able to do more with less. This will be A DEVASTATING BLOW FOR SOCIAL CARE LEADERS AND THE SOCIAL CARE WORKFORCE. The Emergency Care system hinges on an effective social care system; OVERCROWDING AND DELAYS TO EMERGENCY CARE ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED TO INADEQUATE AND INSUFFICIENT SOCIAL CARE.”

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The latter information on halving of funds promised by the Tory government for the social care workforce in England was covered on the BBC News website: ‘Care funding U-turn ‘is an insult to social care’. This appeared in its list of ‘updates’ but not prominently displayed on the England or UK or even the Health pages! No mention of the RCEM’s condemnation in this article and NO reference to, no quotes from, opposition parties! Surprised?

Of course the halving of the promised budget increase for social care in England will have a knock-on, negative financial impact on the budgets of devolved governments, with this bad news coming at the very beginning of a financial year!

And NO mention to the above broken promise was made in what was prominent today – by coincidence – on the BBC News website’s Scotland Politics section, an article entitled: ‘Social care pay gap could be ‘catastrophic’.


5 thoughts on “The real social care ‘catastrophe’ is in England

  1. Didn’t the tory’s tell us that there was an additional £80 billion in revenue over the next 5 yrs from Scotland, sorry the oil and gas and electricity industry, have they told us where they intend spending this cash bonanza.


  2. I doubt any here are fooled on “by coincidence” pieces appearing in Scotland’s media, HMS James Cook continues as Sarah Smith to produce a string of “Look, a squirrel” articles designed not to inform but obscure the effects of London decisions – The article you mentioned, is no different to hundreds before.

    On the wider point of funding cuts, Whitehall knows full well the damaging impact of these political choices, nothing said by Patricia Hewitt or the President of the RCEM would have been missing in the briefing papers from the civil service.

    Paying for a giant train set or nuclear reactor rather than a fully integrated and fit for purpose welfare and health system has is a political choice, made in London.


    1. I forgot to add that the article itself is a spin-off from a Mis-Reporting Scotland piece John posted about on the 4th, “Why should Scottish Government help tax-avoiding corporations to pay care workers a decent wage?”.
      The same elephant in the room, London policy decisions…


  3. Councils help fund the care home places. People with any funds pay until the funds run out. £16K is left.

    Social care in Scotland means more elderly people can stay in their own homes. Residential care up to £1000 a week. Hospital care £600+ a day

    The Scottish Gov is introducing higher standard rate for carers pay.


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