We were heartened to hear this recent debate being aired on Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme regarding how the Government manages the delivery of Health and Social Care.
Many people will be unaware of the fact that Health budgets are managed separately to Social Care budgets with the individual ‘pots’ often being managed by separate entities – normally differing levels of local and regional Government.
This divide does, in our opinion, impact the quality of the care delivered to the patient as we witness on a fairly regular basis when looking at community equipment services, an area which spans the two funding streams. Because of the ‘gap’ between the two elements, the delivery of services can become disconnected, delayed and iterative. We also find that because we are dealing with two agencies (as well as two budgets) the approach to service delivery is also different and so within the same community you can end up with competing priorities or differences of opinion. Ultimately as with any scenario where there is more than one public sector party involved, the process is rarely streamlined or straightforward.
It is our belief that the merger of budgets would enable a more stable and integrated approach across health and social care and we would be happy to offer real life experiences to inform the debate or even meet with Mr Lamb to share our views.