The Yorkshire Post says: Joining up policy. Time to overhaul social care

THE FIRST ever loneliness strategy '“ launched this week by Theresa May and murdered MP Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater '“ shows what it is possible when some Government departments work together.

Social care demands a joined-up policy approach.

It now needs all Ministers to multiply their efforts 
and apply the same principle to social care. Unless there’s a joined-up policy at a national, 
regional and local level, hospital A&E units and GP surgeries will continue to be overwhelmed by frail individuals who are no longer in a position to look after themselves.

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As such, Chancellor Philip Hammond should use this month’s Budget – and opportunity being presented by the forthcoming Green Paper on social care – to insist on such a strategy as part of the Government’s new funding settlement for the NHS. With taxes likely to go up to fund the extra £20bn a year promised by Mrs May, and an ageing society adding 
to the pressures, the need for real reform has never been greater.