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Paul Carey-Kent, Policy Manager for CIPFA’s Health and Integration Faculty, commented:
"The IFS social care spending figures that have been released today highlight the dire financial situation facing the sector.
"Indeed, as this report of the Select Committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS strongly underlines, the chances of health and social care as a whole being able to improve outcomes seem slim.
“Clearly, urgent action needs to be taken to put health and social care on a sustainable footing, and although the Spring Budget saw welcome additional investment, more money in the short term will not be a silver bullet solution.
“One option could be linking NHS and social care funding to a minimum share of GDP, which would encourage preventative investment and aid long-term planning by protecting funding from short-term shifts in the political climate.”
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