It is positive that the government has shown willingness to invest in public services and that they value the NHS. However, the absence of adequate, long-term funding for adult social care and other preventative services has already had significant impact on increasing demand for NHS services. As a sector we want to support people to live independent, fulfilled lives where they are most comfortable, and we have shown to be effective in doing this when we have the right funding. Investing in the social care and prevention services is a long term strategy for ensuring a sustainable model of health and care in England.
If we want to give the NHS a meaningful 70th birthday present with “many happy returns” – then we need an equal investment in social care and prevention, both in the short and long term and to continue to move towards a place based budget rather than separate pots. We remain committed to reform and integration as part of the package to make maximum use of investment for vulnerable people and the economy.