It feels like groundhog day every time a debate about NHS funding comes up. New money and sometimes old money is announced with no context of the inter-dependencies of other public services.
It would have been refreshing to see the money announced to support the care and healthcare system as a whole. Siloed thinking has been a hallmark of government since the second world war.
We know the vast majority of the £20billion will go into the acute sector rather than community or mental health services, we also know that very soon the acute system will start to creak again. The results are so predictable and everyone who works in Health and Social care knows it. We need joined up thinking and collaboration more than ever. We seem further away from it then ever.
At least four major representative groups for local government have warned that any additional resource for the National Health Service must be matched with similar funding for social care. The prime minister’s pledge to provide £20bn a year in extra funding for the NHS by 2023 would be akin to “pouring water down a sink with no plug in” were it to be delivered without similar support for preventative health services, said Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president Glen Garrod. Spokespersons for the Local Government Association, County Councils Network, and the Association of Directors of Public Health joined Adass in issuing statements on the need for “complementary” funding for adult social care