The new prime minister, Boris Johnson, must urgently solve the social care crisis in England, the NHS Confederation has said.
Responding to the announcement that Johnson will take office yesterday, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said: “The new prime minister has promised to tackle the social care crisis in England – this is urgent and we look forward to engaging with him and his team to achieve that.
“We are keen that the new prime minister supports the NHS Long Term Plan for England which sets the right direction of travel. But for it to work, this Government needs to complete the unfinished business of funding capital spending, training budgets, public health and social care.”
The NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the social care sector, has for a long time been campaigning for social care reform and an integrated health and social care system.
In March, the organisation formed a new coalition, Health for Care, to make a case for a sustainable, long-term settlement for social care.
In a letter to Theresa May, the coalition, made up of 15 NHS organisations accused the government of “failing to grasp the crisis in social care”, which has left 1.4 million older people in England without the care and support they need.
It urged May to create a funding settlement, which puts social care on to a sustainable path for the longer term, as well as addressing immediate needs from April 2020.
It is unusual for one part of the public sector to argue for more funding for another part, Health for Care said, but the NHS is “increasingly dependent on social care” and this move is a sign of “frustration and desperation” within the health sector, the coalition argued.