Other Upcoming Events

NAPA Benefit Dinner

24 Sep 2019

Malmaison, Birmingham

Young Dementia Annual Conference 2019

20 Nov 2019

St Giles Hotel, London

UK Dementia Congress 2019

05 Nov 2019

Doncaster Racecourse

Beyond Dementia Care - All Care Matters Conference

19 Jul 2019

University of Surrey, Guildford

Caring Times Christmas Lunch 2019

12 Dec 2019

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London

Reform is not being taken seriously, says Niall Dickson

January 29, 2019

Social care reform has made little progress over the past 20 years, according to NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson.

Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum in London in January, Mr Dickson said that, despite three commissions, as well as white and green papers, the last 20 years had seen very little headway in progressing with frequent breakdowns of cross-party consensus.

“Despite some of the great things that are going in social care, including in places really imaginative technology, the reality is that we cannot say yet we are at the dawn of a new era for social care,” said Mr Dickson.

“The system has gone on and many good things have happened, but the reality is we have more unmet need now. It is always something that is going to happen tomorrow. It’s always just about to happen.

“The trouble is social care has always been politically awkward and reform has stuttered, even when governments have had substantial majorities.”

Mr Dickson said social care reform in countries such as Germany and Japan had taken about ten years to come into fruition, and that the seven principles for reform outlined by former Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt last March, which covered quality, integration, control, workforce, support, sustainable funding and security, could have been produced f20 years ago.

He said social care needed a funding settlement that provided stability for a ‘considerable amount of time’ and not ‘hand to mouth’ support from year to year.

Mr Dickson said the recently published NHS long-term plan should have been a health and social care proposal, that the two services were interdependent and with one being broken, the other would not thrive.

“We really are not taking this seriously at national level and I think we need to do a lot more,” he said.

Niall Dickson

Leave a Reply

Cart Item Removed. Undo
  • No products in the cart.