In an initial response to Government plans to improve out of hospital care through the Better Care Fund, Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the disability charity Scope, said:
“We regularly hear from disabled people who are going without the support they need to get up, get dressed and get out of the house
“The Better Care Fund offers an incentive to both the NHS and to social care services to work together, and it’s important it improves care and support for disabled people.
“For the Better Care Fund to make as big a difference as possible to the lives of disabled people, it must create a system that is focused on independence. Given the challenges, the Government needs to involve the voluntary and community sector in delivery.”
“It is an important step towards further integrating health and social care, and about finding savings in a chronically underfunded system.
“The new Care Act is bold and ambitious. But delivering on it is dependent on putting the social care system on a sustainable financial footing.”
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For more information contact Warren Kirwan in the Scope press office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7619 7200.