LGA responds to CQC state of care report

"As this important report states there is gridlock in the health and social care system, meaning people are left waiting or are getting stuck in the system and accessing the right health and care services is becoming even more of a struggle."


Nurse taking care of a patient checking the drip

Councillor David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board said: “The current crisis within social care reaches far and wide.

“As this important report states there is gridlock in the health and social care system, meaning people are left waiting or are getting stuck in the system and accessing the right health and care services is becoming even more of a struggle. All of this will impact on the ability of people of all ages to stay well, to work and to live the life they want to lead.

“Urgent action is needed as we approach winter to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis, including on staff pay, conditions, skills, training and development. And this then needs to be built on with long term funding plans; a cycle of short term injections of funding will not deliver the sustained change that is needed.

“Social care needs £13 billion of additional funding to address the long and short term challenges the sector is facing.

“There needs to be immediate investment to end this gridlock, address unmet and under-met need and allow all people to access the health and care services they need in a timely way.”