White Paper on health and care. SCIE response statement
11 February 2021
Working together to improve health and social care for all
The White Paper setting out legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill has been published. SCIE Chief Executive Kathryn Smith says:
The White Paper proposals are welcome as they aim to assure the public that social care in their area is fit for purpose. We particularly support the need for stronger partnerships at the local level to drive improvements in health and care, with local government, other organisations and citizens as equal partners in decision making. We are often told that the further you are away from decision making the more powerless you can be as people and communities. These proposals should provide a good opportunity to tackle that issue; and we are also ready to support proposals to reintroduce a form of assessment of local authorities’ delivery of their adult social care duties.
SCIE CEO Kathryn Smith continues:
We’ve been calling for social care reform before and during the pandemic. Whilst this paper addresses many issues, there is still an urgent need for comprehensive reform. SCIE looks forward to working with the Department to deliver what those who draw on, or work in, social care desperately need.