Magazine article Public Finance

DoH to Include Social Care Plans in Broader Policy

Magazine article Public Finance

DoH to Include Social Care Plans in Broader Policy

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The Department of Health has abandoned plans to publish a white paper on adult social care, opting instead to incorporate it into broader proposals on integrated health and social care services outside hospitals.

A spokeswoman for the DoH said the move was in response to comments received by the department during its consultation on the adult social care services green paper Independence, wellbeing and choice, which closed this week.

Respondents such as the English Community Care Association were critical of the paper, saying that it denied elderly people genuine choices, as it appeared to be 'prejudicial' against care homes.

The charity coalition the Social Policy on Ageing Information Network, meanwhile, raised serious concerns over the lack of funds for services for elderly people.

Care services minister Liam Byrne said the decision to have a single white paper would 'help put individuals and their families at the centre of care'. …

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