Following the publication of the Andrew Dilnot report in July, the UK Department of Health has today announced the next phase of the reform process.
Six working groups have been formed that will examine various issues within the English social care system. The work of these groups will help inform the UK Government's Care and Support White Paper, alongside a progress report on funding reform, both expected in April 2012.
Commenting, Oliver Thomas, UK Director of Bupa Care Homes, said: "We're pleased that the DH plans to engage with the sector during this next phase. But I would be concerned if funding reform is split from the White Paper - the current chronic underfunding of aged care has to be urgently addressed and should be a Government priority."
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