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A Government plan to integrate health and social care is failing to save money or stem the rise in hospital admissions, a report has warned. The National Audit Office (NAO) said the Department of Health and NHS England were both over-optimistic about what the Better Care Fund for England could…
This Carers Trust report examines support plans for carers under the Better Care Fund and finds that there is a widespread inconsistency in the help provided. There was a requirement that Better Care Fund plans outlined the support that would be made available to carers, reflecting the inclusion in the…
MPs have warned of a potential "significant increase" in pressure on adult social care as a result of switching the focus of a key Government scheme to slashing NHS costs. The Better Care Fund is intended to reduce the burden on hospitals by pooling health and social care resources across…
The decision to give local authorities extra public health responsibilities risks creating a "postcode lottery" and has increased the danger of political interference, a think-tank has warned. The International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) - said localism had the potential to transform public health, but warned against councils setting short-term…
A scheme to slash £1 billion from NHS costs by reducing unnecessary hospital visits for OAPs has been branded a "shambles" after a spending watchdog said it was unlikely even to achieve even a third of that saving. The National Audit Office (NAO) said a fundamental failure to plan properly…
At least 18,000 social workers, therapists and health professionals will provide help for patients in or near home across England under a £5.3 billion push to slash unnecessary hospital visits and stays being hailed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. An additional £1.5 billion of local health cash has now been…
There needs to be more clarity over a £3.8 billion scheme aimed to integrate health and social care, local government officials have said. The Local Government Association (LGA) said that the Government needs to commit to the Better Care Fund for a five-year period "to avoid the care system spiralling…
Local authorities are using funds from the NHS to keep existing social care services afloat, it has been claimed. MHP Health, a healthcare consultancy, analysed how councils spent £1.5bn worth of funding transferred from the NHS in 2012-2014, which was aimed at improving care for vulnerable patients such as the…
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