The issue was discussed at Cornwall Council’s Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Board today (3 July).
The Government has promised further grants for the service this financial year; but the council is warning that, without more certainty on the longer term funding available, there will be an additional pressure to address any shortfall in the 2020/21 financial year.
There was also some positive news at the meeting, where it was confirmed that more people in Cornwall are getting home quicker from hospital and less people are going into residential care.
The board also heard that the council is reporting an underspend in adult social care for the past financial year, thanks to some one off government grants.
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “I’m very proud of what the service has achieved, which is no mean feat, considering the increasing pressure we are under to do more with less.
“Government have been promising its green paper for the continued funding of adult social care for the last 2 years now and we have seen delay after delay.
“The delayed green paper release, coupled with all of the political debate we are seeing from the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has admitted that social care funding cuts have gone too far, proves how pressing this issue is for us all.
“I think we would all like to see guarantees from our government that this is a key issue to be tackled with the utmost priority, with the social care green paper released without any further delay.”
The improvement is down to the investment the Council has made in supporting the transformation of the service and the hard work of staff. One way they have done this is by cutting out some of the processes that staff had been following, allowing more people to access the reablement service.
As a result more people are able to go straight home after a spell in hospital and receive support to get them up and about again, instead of either being delayed in hospital or going into a care home.
It is Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults, making sure that people spend less time in hospital and, that when they leave hospital they receive the care they need.