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NHS Long Term Plan: Care England welcomes support for people in care homes

January 8, 2019

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the NHS Long Term Plan but has voiced concerns about the lack of integration.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said providers welcomed the recognition that the NHS should offer better support to people living in care homes.

“As long ago as 2008, Care England identified the difficulties of getting appropriate NHS support for people living in care homes.

“The challenge for the NHS, and indeed the entire system, will be a cultural one,” said Prof. Green.

“It is important that in the future we move towards a fully integrated system, where the money that is available is used to deliver outcomes for citizens, rather than the maintenance of organisations. Care England is committed to working with the Government on a long-term strategy for the NHS, and a long-term strategy for Social Care.”

The NHS Long Term Plan was published on January 7 by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/nhs-long-term-plan.pdf

The Green Paper on Adult Social Care is expected to follow. The Plan builds on NHS England’s Enhanced Health in Care Home Vanguards for example to reduce the number of A&E admissions.

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