Independent Age submission to the Public Accounts Committee Inquiry on Integrating Health and Social Care

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Independent Age
Independent Age
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1 February 2017
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Health Services
Social welfare
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By 2030, there will be an estimated 15.7 million people in the UK over the age of 65. Without significant integration of health and social care, these systems will be ill-equipped to handle the often complex needs of millions more older people.

Independent Age welcome the Government’s 2020 target for full integration and variation in the way local authorities manage issues such as delayed transfers of care. However, they are concerned that not enough action is being taken to ease current problems given the gaps that already exist, and that the 2020 ambition for full integration may be unrealistic.

Key recommendations from this submission include seeking a long term solution to the problems facing health and social care, and broadening public access to information on care.

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