Scope responds to Labour plans for health and social care

The Labour Party outlines its plans for health and social care today - with a key focus on the integration of services, from homes to hospitals.

In response, Scope's CEO Richard Hawkes, said:

“Labour’s intention to create an integrated health and social care system could change the way disabled people get the support they need to live independently.

Almost a third of social care users are disabled adults, and this represents nearly half of social care expenditure.

Disabled people tell us that they find the health and social care system fragmented, adversarial and exhausting to navigate.

A more joined-up health and social care system could make a big difference to disabled people’s lives.

More disabled adults could live independently for longer, without unnecessary and costly admissions to hospital.

Eliminating disputes over who pays for care would leave fewer disabled people falling between the cracks of health and social care funding.

But integration is only part of the solution. The care crisis won’t be solved until every disabled person who needs care gets it.  

Chronic underfunding has left hundreds of thousands of disabled people who need support to do the basics, like getting up or out of the house, cut out of the care system.

We need to see care funded properly, as well as the health system.”

Read more about what integration means for disabled people.

Read Angie's blog on why not getting the right support has a huge impact on disabled people's lives

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Pasca Lane in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7201 or email pasca.lane@scope.org.uk.

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