In response to the Government's recent consultation paper I have proposed a possible solution. That is to allow in law social services to purchase placements from NHS community hospitals and be able to apply the same set of rules as if the clients were being funded for nursing home care.
We believe that by sharing our community hospital overhead costs we could offer social services a 10 per cent discount on the current standard nursing home placement costs. This will enable social services' budgets to stretch further and help support our community hospitals.
S R DOWSETT
East Surrey Healthcare NHS Trust
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