Layla Moran

Action on bed blocking needed to stop suspension of services at John Radcliffe this winter

Layla Moran has told the House of Commons she fears repeats of the suspension of non-urgent operations at the JR if there isn’t action taken on bed blocking and social care placements.

Layla was speaking in a recent Parliamentary debate on social care funding, saying that a lack of investment in the social care sector in Oxfordshire is leading to bed blocking and risks knock-on effects on other parts of the NHS.

In March of this year the John Radcliffe Hospital had to suspend non-urgent operations on two separate occasions because 170 beds were being bed-blocked.

Layla went on to urge the Government to take action before any winter crises hit this year.

At the end of the debate, which took place last week, opposition MPs agreed a motion calling on the Government to reverse cuts to council budgets and social care funding, with Conservative and DUP MPs from the Government benches refusing to vote.

Speaking after the debate Layla said:

“There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable adult social care system. Adult social care is vital in its own right but the system in Oxfordshire needs an expansion of funding and capacity to alleviate NHS pressures and therefore enable more people to be discharged quickly and safely from hospital.

“Adult social care faces a funding gap of £2.2 billion by 2020. This must be addressed as an urgent priority in the upcoming Budget – and I’m not afraid to say that I think we will need to add 1p to the pound on income tax to give an immediate £6 billion cash injection to social care and our NHS.

“I also want to see action on wages and working conditions as time and time again I hear that people working in our care system are leaving to take easier jobs for similar pay in the likes of the Westgate, adding further pressure to Oxfordshire’s social care sector.

“If the Government doesn’t act to improve our social care system soon then I fear there will be consequences at the JR the likes of which we saw earlier in the year.”

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