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 welcomes the Government’s 2020 target for full integration and recent statements that it wants to see less variation in the way in which local authorities manage issues such as delayed transfers of care. However, they still have serious concerns not enough action is being taken to ease current problems and given the gaps that already exist, the 2020 ambition for full integration may be unrealistic.
Specifically on delayed transfers of care, the Public Accounts Select Committee together with the Public Administration Select Committee have called on the government and NHS England to improve policies and practices on hospital discharges especially where transfers of care take place in an uncoordinated or unsafe way. A viable plan is needed to ease these problems.