Healthcare briefing – A call for change: a commissioner for older people?
With the green paper on social care funding having been delayed again, presumably because it is proving difficult to come up with a solution, Parliament could actually achieve something by appointing a commissioner for older people to mirror the appointment of the children’s commissioner.
Too often silo working or inefficiencies caused by poor interaction between the different budgets of health, social care, housing and benefits cause difficulties in providing services. An independent commissioner would have the opportunity to make a real difference and encourage a holistic approach to the problem rather than one that is driven by budgets.
And there is a political benefit to this – budget spend should go further and be more effective. So which political party will have the foresight to adopt this, particularly given that 84% of those aged 70 and above actually voted at the last general election?
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