Watchdog condemns 'flawed' social care system

The current system of determining eligibility to social care in England is 'so flawed' that immediate changes are needed, according to a report by the Commission of Social Care Inspection (CSCI).

The report calls for everyone, whether they are eligible for public funds or not, to have assistance to enable them to make choices about their care.

The CSCI recommends replacing the current criteria with a revised system based on priorities for intervention.

The report also encourages the development of a national resource allocation formula to assist the setting of individual and personal budgets so that there is a common approach across the country.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, said: ‘These proposals are laudable, but until the social care system receives the funding it needs, rationing in one form or another is unavoidable.'

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