Social care funding continues to dominate the news as the article about the challenges to Greater Manchester illustrates. When good partnership working and transformation funding already exist and the system is under pressure it really shows the scale of the challenge nationally. It feels unlikely that we have heard the last of this and Government seems likely to act sooner rather than later.
Health leaders in Greater Manchester have warned that social care funding problems threaten to jeopardise the delivery of their regional plan – despite their £450m transformation fund.In a submission to NHS England as part of the sustainability and transformation plan process, published by the GM devolution team, leaders said there would be a £176m financial gap for social care services by 2021. The document says: “There remain significant issues with social care including the profiling of the social care gap and the mechanism by which social care precept and Better Care Fund (BCF) will impact. “These factors could undermine GM transformational efforts over the next 18 months and potentially jeopardise the achievement of NHS savings over the four years.”