Honesty and Coordination are Key to Social Care

Tue, 19 March 2013

National Voices’ Response to the House of Lords & House of Commons Joint Committee Report on the Draft Care & Support Bill.

National Voices welcomes the Joint Committee’s report, in particular its calls for a statutory duty of candour in both health and social care. 

National Voices’ Policy Adviser, Laura Robinson, says: “Everyone deserves to be treated with honesty if things go wrong. This should be the case whether it happens in the health system or the social care system. We are pleased to see that today’s report extends the groundswell of voices calling for a legal duty of candour.”

National Voices is pleased to see the joint committee calling for amendments to the Bill which would facilitate better coordination across health and social care and greater use of joint commissioning and joint budgets. We also welcome the recognition of the connection between eligibility thresholds and the ability to promote individual well being and we will be working with the Care and Support Alliance to continue to address these issues. 

See the Care and Support Alliance’s comment on the Joint Committee report.

National Voices is a coalition of 130 health and social care charities all working to strengthen the voice of patients, service users, carers and families.


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About National Voices
National Voices is the national coalition of health and social care charities in England. We work together to strengthen the voice of patients, service users, carers, their families and the voluntary organisations that work for them.

We have more than 150 members with 130 charity members and 20 professional and associate members. Our broad membership covers a diverse range of health conditions and communities and connects with the experiences of millions of people.