A GP leader has warned that government calls yesterday for NHS funding of social care should not be motivated by a desire to “bail out social services”.
Dr James Kingsland, chair of the National Association of Primary Care, which represents practices, said the proposals would have a mixed reception from GPs.
He added: “I think if it was perceived that this was a short-term fix to bail out social care it will be doomed to fail.”
However, he said that if it was used to invest in improving people’s well-being then it could succeed and win support from practices.
The proposal, which encourages GPs and primary care trusts to invest in non-health services including respite care and advocacy, was issued in a commissioning framework for health and well-being.
Kingsland added that GPs had commissioned social care using the practice budgets they were given under the fundholding system, which was abolished in 1999.