Barker Commission: Home Group responds
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Care and Support and also in Central Government, Housing
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Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of care and support services, has praised the Barker Commission for tackling “some of the most difficult aspects facing the long-term care needs of people in the UK”.
Rachael Byrne, Home Group executive director of care & support, said the commission’s report was a fundamental step towards properly addressing the worsening care crisis.
Ms Byrne said: “Politicians and opinion formers on all sides of the political spectrum are united in one common understanding – our health and social care systems are in a desperate state.
“The Barker Commission report lays bare the crux of the problem – you cannot deliver healthy outcomes on thin air. You have to adequately fund health and social care and it needs to be targeted in the right way. That’s why we welcome proposals for a single local pot bringing care funding together to deliver the right outcomes for people in need of help.
“The Barker Commission starts the process on care which is free at the point of need for those with critical needs but we really need to move beyond substantial to adequately funding people with moderate needs within the next parliament.
“Joined up funding would bring better co-ordination, long-term strategies and end bureaucratic boundaries that can stifle the right care delivery. We have witnessed at first hand the benefits delivered in schemes we run that integrate social care into health settings and yet these operate in isolation due to the lack of integrated delivery.
“The Barker Commission report delivers a clarion call for the main political parties to prove they are serious about the long-term health of the nation. As we approach the Party Conferences, we need to see action from David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to adopt these recommendations.”