WHILE welcoming NHS reform, it is appalling that improvements for social care are once again being pushed to “later in the year”.

Reforming NHS care without reforming social care is like rebuilding a house without mending the roof.

In a country where £8bn has been cut from social care budgets since 2010, some 1.4m people are living without the care they need and there are 110,000 vacancies for social care staff, we shouldn’t be waiting any longer.

Talk of closer integration is all very well – every government in the past 30 years has talked about it – but the reality is, it never happens.

Social care needs urgent, root and branch reform to put it on a par with NHS healthcare and make it fit for purpose. Anything less is just window dressing.

Mike Padgham, Chair, Independent Care Group, York.