The Local Government Authority (LGA) has urged Boris Johnson to plug the funding gap facing adult social care following his announcement that the NHS will receive a cash injection of £1.8 billion.
Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, Councillor Ian Hudspeth, said that while it is important that the NHS is adequately funded, there “cannot be a sustainable health service without a sustainable adult social care system”.
Announcing the cash injection yesterday, the Prime Minister said £850m will be spent on 20 hospitals to buy new beds and upgrade outdated equipment, and a further £1 billion will fund urgent infrastructure projects.
Johnson said: “I made it my immediate task to make sure frontline services have the funding they need, to make a real difference to the lives of NHS staff, and above all, of patients.
“I’m delivering on this promise with a £1.8 billion cash injection – meaning more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment to ensure patients continue to receive world-class care.”
Responding to the announcement, Cllr Hudspeth called on the PM to live up to his promise to fix the adult social care crisis and urged the government to publish the long-delayed Social care Green Paper.
“It is vital that the Prime Minister plugs the £3.6 billion funding gap facing adult social care to keep services running. This is the best way to reduce pressure on the NHS and keep people out of hospital in the first place,” he said.
”Last year, we produced our own social care green paper outlining key recommendations on how this could be achieved. The Government should also take these forward as it produces its own proposals.
“Local government stands ready to work with the Government to make sure we have a social care system that ensures everyone gets the vital care and support they need.”