8 March 2017
SOCIAL CARE CASH INJECTION IS SHORT-TERM ‘STICKING PLASTER’ FOR PRESSURE ON NHS
Responding to The Budget, in which the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £2 billion of social care funding for England over the next three years, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We welcome more cash for social care, and it is encouraging that the Government admits that more funding is needed for the NHS too. The system has reached breaking point and a lack of social care is badly hitting cancer patients. Many are dying in hospital because they cannot get the social care they need at home. Others are facing cancelled operations because a lack of social care means there aren’t enough free hospital beds.
“But we need more than a one-off cash injection, which is only a short-term sticking plaster for pressure on the NHS. We need a long-term, sustainable funding solution for the NHS and social care. We hope that the proposed social care green paper signals a real desire to tackle the problem and isn’t simply an exercise in political procrastination.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 0912453 (out of hours 07801 307068)