New proposals are due to be set out today, in a government white paper, detailing measures to join up health and care services and embed lessons learned from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
The white paper is to be a blueprint for NHS and social care reform following the pandemic.
As far as social care is concerned, reforms are to include:
“A package of measures to deliver on specific needs in the social care sector. This will improve oversight and accountability in the delivery of services through new assurance and data sharing measures in social care, update the legal framework to enable person-centred models of hospital discharge, and introduce improved powers for the Secretary of State to directly make payments to adult social care providers where required.”
We await further details with interest.