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NCF responds to announcement that Green Paper has been postponed

19 June 2018

NCF believes that the delays announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will cause further disruption to an already fragile social care sector. 

“The need for action on social care is now” says Vic Rayner, NCF Executive Director. “We were promised a Green Paper on social care this Summer, way before the current announcements on funding and a ten-year settlement for the NHS. The continual pushing back of this key policy agenda is a disservice to people who need and use services, and the wider community.”

Vic goes on to say, “The Green Paper needs to focus on a funding solution for social care, alongside important messages around the transformation of service models and delivery. The Green Paper needs to explore these in detail and therefore the purported logic of tying together the consultative paper on social care with the action based funded plan for the NHS does not hold true. Our concern is that the real innovation and exploration promised in the social care green paper will disappear as social care and its future funding is shaped and moulded to meet NHS priorities, rather than giving it time over the summer to develop a fully formed future focussed agenda to work in equal partnership with Health.” 

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