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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Social Care


Increasing need for Social care.


Sometimes I think we take for granted the exceptional GP services we have locally, I had a recent health scare and I can not praise the team at the Arundel GP surgery enough,  Also we have an excellent hospital in St Richards which again were exceptional in their care, they were smart and helpful in the way they delivered the services and I understand they are also in surplus, which shows hospitals can do it with good management.


But even if you have one of the best hospitals in the country which St Richards is you have the issue of Social care for older and vulnerable patients who bed block due to need of Social care.  The County Councils budgets have been cut and this inevitably means problems in keeping up with demand and rising expectations.


I think Theresa May has an opportunity to define her premiership not just by Brexit but by radically overhauling Social Care, I would firstly give the NHS the responsibility of Social Care, The County Council should still raise the money, but pass it on directly to the NHS, you would then eliminate the ding & dong situation of two suppliers each trying to avoid cost by passing the buck.


The NHS could then develop halfway houses for patients who need to go home, but also as a triage for patients that may need to go to hospital proper,  you could develop and take over the network of carers as well as having a day centre facility,

But I would also be radical on paying for it, in the USA you have a facility where as the state can lend money to seniors against their property, taking a charge over the property, eg allowing for seniors to stay in their properties until they either pass on or need to go to a care home, if care packages could be financed in this way allowing for people to stay in their homes for longer whilst having carers come in, then this would be one one of financing the need which will increase with the average age of citizens getting older.  It would also allow for an eventual sale with the homeowner being able to pass some of the value via inheritance, whether you think I am right or wrong, we do need to have a conversation very soon to resolve one of the most difficult issues facing most of us in the next few years. until next month.

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