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Labour Parliamentary candidate Suzy Stride has said that a crisis in local social care services is fuelling the extreme pressue on local A and E services.

Suzy Stride is arranging an urgent summit of local care providers to meet her and Shadow Secretary of State for Care and older people.

Stride is arranging an urgent summit of local care providers to meet her and Shadow Secretary of State for Care and older people.

Various town care organisations, health charities, carers and care workers are being invited to attend the summit.

Sophy said: “We have all seen the recent news about the strain that Gloucester and Cheltenham hospitals are under and this is directly related to the care crisis we are facing.

“I’m looking forward to talking with Liz about how Labour intends to integrate health and social care services more closely to avoid some of the problems we are seeing right now in Gloucestershire.

“With an ageing population how we run and manage care services is going to be critically important for the future of the NHS.” 

“In the conversations I have with healthcare professionals it is abundantly clear that cuts in social care funding have contributed to delays in discharging patients back home in a timely way.

This is compounded by the problem of ‘exit block’ where patients can’t be discharged because of a shortage of social care beds and community care. This gets worse over the Christmas period as social care runs a reduced service."

In 2014 Essex County Council has just finalised plans to axe £200,000 funding for Mundy House, the only dementia day care centre in South Essex.

Dementia experts warned last year that Government cuts of £1.8 billion to the social care budgets of local councils and mounting pressure on doctors’ surgeries forcing  people with dementia to fall back on Accident and Emergency departments for care. There were 220,000 A&E visits by people with dementia last year, a record number.

Local government Association; Adult social care spending has therefore been kept under control through a combination of budget savings of 26 per cent (the equivalent of £3.53 billion over the last four years), the NHS transfer and at least £900 million of savings from other council services. The service is now under extreme pressure and facing financial crisis.

In Essex the government’s care act  In Essex, we estimate it could cost nearly £30 million in largely unfunded costs in 2015/16 alone

Essex County Council has already made £364 million savings over the last four years but has to save at least a further £235 million over the next three years; with £75 million to be saved in adult social care.

The five Clinical Commissioning Groups in Essex have also identified cumulative pressures, with £84 million needing to be saved by 2018. Two of the five Essex hospital trusts – Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust – were highlighted by the Audit Commission as having stretched finances.

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