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There's no denying that more of us are now reaching old age than ever before - while this rise in life expectancy is thanks to excellent advances in medical technology and education, the knock-on effect is an increased strain on the NHS. With the post-war baby boom generation now already beginning to retire, our care system is about to face a strain like never before.


The Integral Foundation has projected that, by 2018, the proportion of over-65s in the UK will have risen by around 2 million, which at current funding levels will mean that spending per patient will have to fall by 9% to cover the increase in demand from this generation. When Simon Stevens, the current Chief Executive of the NHS, joined the organisation in 2014, he admitted that "service pressures are intensifying, and long-standing problems are not going to disappear overnight".

With this reality looming, more and more people will need to look to independent social care or healthcare to support both themselves and elderly relatives and to ensure thorough, high-quality care. While the NHS is undoubtedly a fantastic institution, and the envy of many countries around the world, the reality is that, with increasing demands, it can no longer offer a service which is tailored to its patients. Although NHS funded care homes are available, they are often oversubscribed, and of variable quality.

At Sova Healthcare, we adapt our care to you. We offer a wide variety of different service options, but we always take into account any special needs or requirements you may have in order to provide truly personal care. Our staff are all highly qualified and receive specific training and experience to enable them to perform their job to the high standards that we expect, and our customers deserve.

Although all our services are available privately, funding support is available if you require it. Your local authority may be able to help finance some or all of your care costs - simply contact your social services department to find out more. We are also one of only a handful of healthcare providers to offer an appointeeship service, which allows vulnerable adults and the elderly to receive financial help and guidance to enable them to live independently.

If you'd like to find out more about how Sova Healthcare could help you, or an elderly friend or relative, please get in touch with us today to talk through your requirements, or visit our FAQ page to find out more.

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An NHS tax that was proposed by the Liberal Democrats has been supported by senior Labour politicians as a solution to the current crisis in health care funding. With a £30bn black hole in NHS finances forecast for the next 5 years, there is a general consensus among the two parties that a radical shake-up is needed.

Health care service budgets have so far been ring-fenced from cuts, though the majority of services have relied more heavily on efficiency in saving money.

However, a recent report by the King Fund has estimated that a quarter of NHS trusts are already running in the red, and with an ever-growing population, this may create even more stress on  care services. With current salary freezes, management cuts, and reductions in the prices paid to hospitals, the report claims that standard means of cost reduction have almost been exhausted.

Former coalition Health Minister Paul Burstow is just one of the senior Liberal Democrats believed to be in favor of the proposed tax, along with current Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb. Both agree that this proposal is the best way to secure the NHS’s future.

In an essay to be published by the Social Market Foundation as part of an upcoming report for the NHS, Burstow states that further efficiency savings are imperative and increased funding is required urgently. He writes: "By 2021, the NHS will be looking at a £30bn black hole. Social care is on track for a £7bn shortfall.”

The current Education Minister David Laws, who is in charge of drawing up the Liberal Democrat manifesto, is understood to be examining the proposal.