Liberal Democrats invest over £3 million in Adult Social Care and stand up for vulnerable residents

At tonight’s meeting of the Council’s Executive, Liberal Democrats Councillors have secured over £3 million investment in York’s Adult Social Care system, as part of the recommendations for the 2018/19 budget.

Adult Social Care across the country is in a perilous financial position and in York; the Winter crisis has heaped more pressure onto our inundated Adult Social Care system.

In national performance tables, York’s Adult Social Care system was recently ranked 138 out of 150 by the Social Care Interface Dashboard, due to the significant pressures caused by the current Winter crisis.

Because of this, many patients who could have been cared for out of hospital have instead, had to access our already overwhelmed hospitals. As a result, the numbers of patients admitted to hospital have increased and more beds have become occupied by patients who could otherwise be cared for in another setting. In York, it has been found that over 7 days, 123 patients in hospital beds (the equivalent to 4 wards) were medically ready for discharge.

As this issue continues, the level of care for vulnerable patient’s decreases, their risk to harm increases and hospital costs will go up.

Tonight’s recommended budget makes certain that this issue is firmly addressed. As part of the 2018/19 Council Budget, an investment of over £3 million will be made in Adult Social Care, to expand the provision of beds outside of hospital and increase support for social workers.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“Since the beginning of 2018, the Winter crisis has dominated the news agenda and it is very apparent that additional investment is needed to support vulnerable residents and relieve the pressure on our hospitals.”

“Before the end of last year, The Liberal Democrats wrote to the Department for Health to highlight York’s the situation and we have been in continuous contact with our hospitals ever since.”

“Every resident should have comfort in mind that, should they need to, they can receive quality care in York.”

“I am pleased that the Government has finally awoken to this issue and made an additional £457,000 available for York’s Adult Social Care system. With this extra investment, more can be spent on providing beds out of hospital and supporting vulnerable patients to recover from illness or injury, at home.”

“With our budget recommendations tonight, over £3 million in total will be used to support crucial care services, prevent further needless admissions to hospital and restore the high standards of care residents in York deserve.”


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