I write in response to the news story on the cash crisis which highlighted problems for social services due to underfunding (news, pages 6-7, 28 October).

Unison welcomes the spotlight being turned on this issue. But the headline on your story presented the possibility of a cash injection for social services as a threat to the NHS.

On the same page you report how underfunding of Sussex social services is leading to serious difficulties for local trusts. Is this perhaps an example of less than joined-up reporting? Unison believes that adequate funding is needed for both health and social care services so that joint working can become a reality.

The underfunding of social services must be tackled before winter pressures really begin to bite.

Many good initiatives are underway but could be scuppered by underfunding.

Steven Weeks National Officer Unison