Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Elderly nursing care 'cut by £125m'

Local authorities are reducing nursing serviced for elderly people with some of the poorest areas hardest hit, say data experts Ssentif Intelligence
Local authorities are reducing nursing services for elderly people with some of the poorest areas hardest hit, claims a new report

Cash-strapped local authorities are cutting nursing services for elderly people, research has suggested.

Local authorities in England have cut the amount of money they spend on nursing care for the elderly by £125 million since 2011, data experts SSentif Intelligence said.

Despite the increasing number of pensioners, 144 out of 150 councils that provide social care services have reduced spending on nursing care for the elderly by 8%.

SSentif said that some of the UK's poorest areas have been hardest hit by the cuts, with areas such as Hull recording a 41% decrease in the amount spent on supporting older people in nursing care.

Meanwhile, Manchester and Liverpool reported drops of 23% and 20% respectively.

Judy Aldred, managing director of SSentif: "With public sector organisations facing budget cuts it is inevitable that those cuts will impact upon frontline services.

"However, what is worrying about this study is that these cuts seem to be impacting upon some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

"In addition, having less nursing support in the community for older people could result in higher hospital admission rates and readmission rates - creating higher costs to the public sector elsewhere.

"It is key that local authorities and the NHS review each others' data in order to close the loop and ensure that adequate support is provided for older people."

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