QualityWatch: NHS and Government ‘flying blind’ as deep cuts prevent hundreds of thousands of older people accessing social care

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The NHS and Government are ‘flying blind’ in planning services for vulnerable older people because there is no comprehensive way to quantify the impact that social care cuts are having on their health and wellbeing, experts warn today.

The warning comes in a new Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation study examining cuts to social services for older people in England, published as MPs prepare to question senior officials and experts on the topic in Parliament today (Wednesday 26 March 2014).

The new research, which is part of the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation’s QualityWatch programme, reveals that most local authorities are tightly rationing social care for the over-65s in response to cuts, resulting in significant drops in the number of people receiving services like home-delivered meals and day care.

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