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Social care cuts piling pressures on doctors and A&EsĀ 

An overwhelming proportion of GPs think social care services are failing to give patients the care they need. This is according to new research published today by the Care and Support Alliance (CSA).

For months, we’ve been joining health sector leaders, councils and campaigners calling on the Government to urgently address the dire state of the social care system. £5 billion has been cut from the adult social care budget in the last parliament, leaving more than a million people without the care they need.

This latest research indicates how health services are being affected by these cuts. Ahead of the Budget next week, we’re calling on the Government to make sure social care is properly funded.

Key findings

A poll of over 1,000 GPs found:

  • 9 out of 10 GPs (92%) don’t believe that social care services currently provide a decent level of care for patients.
  • Almost 9 out of 10 (89%) think cuts to social care have contributed to pressures in their surgeries.
  • 93% think this has led to increased pressures in A&E and more delayed discharges from hospitals.
  • 8 out of 10 GPs (81%) also think care services will get worse over the next two or three years.

Avoiding crisis

Michelle Mitchell, our Chief Executive, said: “Thousands of people with MS will need care and support at some point to help them live with this challenging and unpredictable condition. But we know that already too many aren't getting the help they need.

“Getting basic care can mean people with MS can avoid falling into a health crisis and reduce problems like UTIs and falls. We’re urging the Chancellor to make sure next week’s budget gives social care the investment is so desperately needs.”

Impact on people with MS

Later this month we’ll be releasing a report with the findings from our My Ms My Needs survey. It shows how the situation has worsened for people with MS needing care and support since our first survey was done in 2013.

And we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Budget to see if social care will be given the attention it deserves.