NHS and social care budgets 'should merge'
Ministers have been told they must go further with their overhaul of social care in England by merging its budget with the NHS.
The government is currently pressing ahead with plans to introduce a cap of £72,000 on elderly care bills.
But the King's Fund said that on its own the policy was not enough to solve the growing problems.
Instead, it called for a joint budget to encourage the two systems to work together more closely.
The report is being published on the day the government's care bill gets its second reading in the House of Lords.
The legislation will pave the way for the introduction of a cap in 2016.
Ministers have also said pilots will start in September to foster greater integration between the NHS and social care on issues such as assessments and hospital discharge.
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