Committee chair Stephen Dorrell criticised the separation of care responsibilities, telling CSW that it is “one of the biggest inefficiencies in the system”. NHS commissioners and local authorities should have a duty to create a single care commissioning system, the report argues.
The report also highlights a funding gap in social care. The government should accept the Dilnot Commission’s recommendation that family contributions towards social care costs should be capped, it says.
Dorrell told CSW that integration of healthcare would “release enough money to allow government to pay for a cap, but also pay for improvements in care as well”.
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