Green Paper ‘no silver bullet’ for social care challenges, says Care Minister


The Minister of Care has warned social care bosses that the green paper will not solve all the challenges in adult social care as she sought to dampen down “rising expectations” for the long-delayed document.

Speaking at the recent ADASS Spring Seminar, Caroline Dinenage said that the two-year delay in delivering the green paper has raised expectations that it will be “an immediate panacea” to all the ills and tribulations that we face across the sector and be like “the cavalry coming over the hill or a silver bullet”.  

“I feel a certain responsibility to point out that neither the Green Paper nor the Government- national or local will solve all the challenges in Adult Social Care. That is only something we can achieve by working together and by everyone- organisations, communities, businesses, individuals all stepping up,” she said.

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Explaining the delay in publishing the green paper – promised in the March 2017 budget – Dinenage said that for many months, the Department of Health and Social Care has been “fighting for political oxygen – a window of opportunity to deliver the green paper” as politicians have been “tying themselves up in knots” over Brexit.

“It has been hugely frustrating for me and I’m sure even more so for you. And you have every right to be frustrated and exasperated,” she told delegates.

Commenting on tackling social care challenges, she said that organisations need to come together to support people to live more independently for longer in their own homes and to be more active members of their community.

“That principal of independence drives much of the thinking behind green paper,” she said, echoing comments made by the Health and Social Care secretary Matt Hancock that the green paper will outline proposals to shift people away from care homes and into the care of domiciliary providers.

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