NHS backlog could take even longer to clear without immediate social care funding, warn council and health leaders

The Local Government Association and NHS Confederation are joining forces to call on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to provide genuinely new money for social care so that it also benefits from funding to tackle immediate pressures.

The NHS backlog caused by the pandemic will take even longer to clear if immediate national funding to tackle pressures facing social care now is not announced in today’s Spending Review, health and council leaders warn, in the face of rising COVID-19 cases and potentially the most challenging winter in the history of the health and care system.

The Local Government Association and NHS Confederation are joining forces to call on the Chancellor to use the Spending Review to provide genuinely new money for social care to help prevent admissions and get more people out of hospital and safely into their homes and communities.

In its health and social care plan published last month, the Government stated that health and care challenges are “interrelated” and that “social care is an integral part of our society and economy”. The LGA, which represents councils, and the NHS Confederation on behalf of the healthcare system in England, say this now needs to be translated into real action, backed up by the necessary resources so that social care, like the NHS, benefits from significant national funding now to tackle immediate pressures.

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