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Care Waiting Lists Decline

A huge effort by social care teams to rebuild services after the challenges of Covid 19, has reduced care waiting lists from a high watermark of 542,000 in April 2022 to 430,000 at the end of March 2023. But that means the health and wellbeing of many thousands of people continues to deteriorate while they wait for assessments, care or direct payments.

Some will end up having to go to hospital or a care home instead, undermining their independence and costing the NHS and councils much more in the long run according to a report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

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