This HSJ article perhaps illustrates our tendency to measure only numbers and arbitrary one at that. Who conceived these targets? How did they evidence their achievability? What was their benchmark? Why do different parts of Local Government get different targets? How completely is quality measured in this context? All a bit depressing and not in any way about collaboration which I thought was the agreed way forward for Adult Social Care and the NHS.
County councils have written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to rethink “undeliverable” targets for reducing delayed transfers of care from hospitals that could result in vital funding being withdrawn. The County Councils Network said expected reductions in delayed transfers attributable to social care, issued by the Department of Health last week, are significantly higher for counties than other types of local authorities. Colin Noble: Councils face ‘a double whammy of underfunding and the prospect of funds being withdrawn’ The letter sent to Mr Hunt on 8 August, signed by CCN health and social care spokesman Colin Noble, said counties face “an uphill battle” to deliver average reductions of 43 per cent, compared to targets of 31 per cent for metropolitan boroughs and non-CCN unitary authorities, and 19 per cent for London boroughs.