Distracted by Brexit… There is plenty of evidence that Social Care is breaking down, and with the loss of the opportunity to import EU workers, the staffing issues will only get worse. Government in Westminster, following reports from Wales and Scotland, has promised a review of the funding of social care (and by implication, Health as the budgets are being combined), but they have failed to do this in their own time line which was before Christmas. A Happy Brexmas to everyone as our leaders duck health and social care funding crisis.. Even the IFS (Institute for fiscal studies) admits its a bust..
We have to earn profits as a nation to afford social care and health care, but the current account deficit is getting worse, despite the promise from Brexiteers that a lower pound would help exports. (Huge current account deficit is a worrying backdrop as Brexit nears – Oliver Kamm in the Times 24th December 2018).
The media’s failure, and the political denial will get worse. NHSreality predicts that when the health and social care review is published, that it will try to pretend that we don not need to ration health care. It will ignore the fact that social care is means tested and health care is not, and it will allow post code blurring of the margins between these two.
Paul Johnson in the Times 24th December opines in Vital social care needs are ignored in obsession with short-term expediency “….This is a long-term failure of government. It is a perhaps a sign of the fact that we have come to expect nothing better that I have seen little or nothing in the mainstream press in the past few weeks bemoaning yet another failure to deliver on a promise simply to publish a set of policy ideas for consultation. Perhaps we have just given up…” (Full text below)
The Berwick report in 2013 criticised the lack of “compassion”, and it has got worse since then.
The whole article is below:
As Robertson Steel said in his valedictory piece, its all down to politicians and the “rules of the game”.
Dr Robertson Steel letter (exit interview) for Western Telegraph in Pembrokeshire