Leaders respond to Green Paper announcement

Professor Martin Green.

Leading care stakeholders have responded to the Government’s announcement yesterday on this summer’s Green Paper.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined seven key principles that will underlie the social care reforms in the Green Paper (see BREAKING NEWS: Jeremy Hunt set out joint NHS and social care workforce strategy).

Martin Green, Care England CEO, said: “The Secretary of State outlined a useful way forward, but there was nothing new that we haven’t been talking about for over 20 years. What governments must understand, is that their role is not rhetoric, it is delivery.

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“The time for talking is passed, what we want to see is action. There are pressing problems in this sector, such as the learning disability sleep in crisis, which the Secretary of State could solve immediately, and these issues cannot wait for yet another Green Paper. ”

Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said “urgent and interim funding” was required to address the sector’s funding shortfall.

The ADASS president welcomed the Government’s move towards personalised care budgets adding: “With a social care funding shortfall of over £2bn by 2020, we must work towards a long-term, sustainable funding solution to make sure that social care goes from being something we don’t like to think about needing to something that we actively plan for.

“This is an opportunity to address the issues facing social care funding once and for all, and deliver the tailored, person-centred care that we know can make a huge difference to our residents and communities.”

Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, added: “While integration is an essential agenda that local government is committed to in order to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for people, appropriate funding must be the overriding priority for the Green Paper and we hope its broad scope will not detract from this focus.”

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