Local groups have resources to offer more elderly care

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) will publish a report on its web site this week highlighting the critical role that voluntary organisations can play in assisting local primary care trusts with care for the elderly.

The Audit of Elderly Services within the Voluntary Sector report is based on extensive consultation with local voluntary groups. It shows that organisations have the resources to provide elderly people with the necessary care in their own homes.

Terry Potter, the report's research manager, said: "Such a contribution will ease bed-blocking, which is a particular problem in Birmingham."

He called on the four Birmingham primary care trusts to hold a common planning forum for voluntary groups in the area.

Jane Slowey, chief executive of BVSC, said: "The best way for primary care trusts to commission the voluntary sector is to involve it at the planning stage, which this report has done."

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