Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care has expressed disappointment that social care has “once again” been overlooked by the government.
Responding to NHS England’s consultation on the NHS Long Term Plan Legislative Changes, Care England CEO Professor Martin Green said: “I struggled to find even one reference to independent sector providers within the NHS England consultation document.
“To have a truly joined up health and social care system this doesn’t bode well. Care England is keen to ensure that the fundamental importance of social care in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan is recognised and supported.”
Care England has urged NHS England to share the findings with the Department of Health and Social Care and commissioners in order to reduce the “disparity” between health and social care.
“Our concerns extend to the impact of the proposed changes on the commissioning of healthcare such as continuing healthcare from social care registered providers. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and Funded Nursing Care (FNC) is a significant NHS spend and we do not believe that the proposals have considered any possible impact on the commissioning relationships between CCGs and providers,” Green added.