Turning Point Comments on the Health Committee's report on Social Care

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Commenting on the Health Committee's report on Social Care, Turning Point's chief executive Lord Victor Adebowale said: 
"We share the committee's call for joined up commissioning of services.  As the report highlights, health, housing and social care services are frequently used by older people, but this is not just about the needs of an ageing population. It's about the care needs of those of working age too.

"The focus now must be on increasing the integration of services for everyone who needs them, particularly those with the most complex needs.  Such people often need support around a range of issues including mental health, learning disabilities, unemployment, debt and long term conditions.  When these needs aren't addressed, people end up falling between the gaps in provision.

"Whilst efforts to progress integration have been taken forward, it is actually disappointing that we are still talking about health and social care as separate entities. The fact is that they are inextricably linked: not only in terms of spend, but also in terms of savings and where these are achieved.

"Such savings are more important than ever during the current financial uncertainty we are facing.  The care and support system for people of all ages, their families and carers is in crisis and this will only get worse unless urgent action is taken."