The Local Government Association is calling for £700 million that will be invested by the Better Care Fund into elderly care by 2020 to be delivered now.
The organisation says that pressures in the system are now so acute that almost half of the £1.5 billion Better Care Fund should be available immediately.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Local Government Association (LGA) community wellbeing spokesperson, said: “Local government and the NHS are increasingly developing and exploring opportunities to work collaboratively to better support older people that require urgent care, both in responding to any emergency and in preventing the need for urgent care arising in the first place.
“There is a real challenge across the health and care system that we collectively need to address in order to build the capacity and funding needed to support our increasingly ageing population.
“The recommendations in the commission’s report for a more person-centred approach to health and care should be fundamental to how we develop and deliver better services for older people.
“The commission’s recommendations include starting with care driven by the person’s needs and personal goals; care co-ordination that offers older people a single point of contact to get them through an often complex system and prioritising proactive and preventive care so that the health and social care system isn’t structured around short-term, reactive fixes but instead long-term solutions for helping people to maintain their independence where possible.”
In an interview to be published in the February edition of Care Home Professional, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, says that the NHS is failing to engage properly with the private care sector. “Within much of the NHS there is a hatred of the private sector. We need to sweep that away,” he said.