Care England has renewed its call for structured plans for health and social care integration in order to relieve pressure on the NHS.
The call follows last night’s BBC programme, Hospital, which depicted a hospital in crisis with patients left on trolleys and routine operations cancelled.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Despite endless talk about integration, last night the BBC displayed in technicolour that the NHS was failing to engage social care effectively and going into a crisis. We need to see the NHS auditing all potential services within its locality and using them effectively to avert cancelled operations and inappropriate admissions.”
Care England said the programme revealed a lack of cross sector planning that could have averted or diminished the NHS crisis, arguing many of the people in the acute wards could have been discharged to local care homes.
“Despite all the talk of integrated systems, last night’s documentary clearly showed, that the NHS is unable to plan across the system and is then going into a crisis which could have been averted,” Care England said.
Care England’s call comes at a time when 21 Chairs of Select Committees have written to the Prime Minister calling for a cross party commission on health and social care.