"If people want to do it, say you have two or three local authorities who believe the benefits are there, what tends to happen is that the complications fall away.”
KAREN CHERRETT, PA LOCAL GOVERNMENT expert
PA Consulting Group’s Steve Carefull, an adult social care expert, is quoted in an article in the Guardian. The article provides a summary of a panel discussion that Steve participated in, alongside shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham MP. The panel discussion took place at the Labour party conference in Manchester.
The article reports that Andy Burnham called for a single ‘national health and social care service’ to address the social, medical and mental health needs of people in older age. Housing, charities and community services must play a bigger role in preparing for and supporting an ageing population.
Steve, a member of the panel alongside Andy Burnham, cautioned against a potentially disruptive reorganisation and highlighted the importance of educating people to prepare better for old age. He argued, due to the growth in numbers of older people, that individuals must play their part and that there was an urgent need to change the expectation that the state will carry the whole burden of care for everyone after the age of 65.
Steve highlighted the growing role of technology in keeping people out of hospital: “By using technology, you can enable people to live safely in their own homes for longer. It’s about people taking responsibility and using technology to support their independence.”
You can read the article in full here.