Report on Social care suggests Massive additional costs to NHS due to Social care budget cuts

The Care Collapse:The imminent crisis in residential care and its impact on the NHS

A new report by Respublica authored by  Emily Crawford and Claire Read suggests that severe cuts to Social Care budgets will have an enormous impact on the NHS and its ability to continue to deliver effective healthcare . 

The report suggests that   “…..economic analysis examined the future of residential care home services in England. It has revealed the scale of the crisis and the potent potential impact on the NHS: within five years, care homes will be underfunded by £1.1 billion per year for the level of need that is being demanded by a growing aged population….. if nothing in the funding regime changes within five years, there will be a projected loss of 37,000 care beds as funding fails to meet demand ……..”

This would result in according to the report :

“Our economic analysis modelled the cost to the NHS of the projected loss of 37,000 beds in the residential care sector in 2020/21:
• If 50% of lost care home beds flow through to hospitals the cost would be £1.5 billion per year from 2020/21
• If 75% of lost care home beds flow through to  hospitals the cost would be £2.25 billion per year from 2020/21
• If 100% of lost care home beds flow through  to hospitals the cost would be £3 billion per year from 2020/21”

 

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Link to the full Report here

 

 

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