Indeed Social Care is in crisis and has been for many years, this is down to a number of factors
lack of Government investment
abysmal staff salaries
lack of care workers
poor working conditions
no staff sick pay scheme
and many others
I put lack of Government investment at the top because if this was solved then some of the others could also be.
As to investment in social care, this has never been sufficient, but 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 have made the crisis very more serious.
So, lets look at social care, before 1970 social care was administered by a ‘mishmash’ of organisations
and many others
But in 1970 the Government of the day decided to bring all social care to be administered by local authorities, but true to form, the Government did not provide anywhere near the funding that was required and over the years the gap from what funding is provided to what is actually required has been increasing.
Many Governments in the last few years have promised to solve the funding process and a considerable amount of the work required as already been done.
In fact, in the David Cameron Governments they were prepared to go ahead in 2015, but decided to defer until April 2020.
Now in April 2020 we were in the COVID-19 pandemic and still are, so was this the reason for no action, who knows.
But, urgent action needs to be taken, not just for care homes, but the whole of Social care which includes home care, respite, supported living, hospices for both children and adults as well as care homes.
Well some action has occurred for in July 2020, an advisor was appointed on the proposal for the NHS to take over social care.
So, action has been taken, but how is it proceeding, who knows?
Governments are ‘ace’ at putting proposals forward and creating working groups, but they are not good at putting proposals into action and thereby solve the crisis and they could well be lost in the ‘black hole’ of Government.
To ensure actions are finalised, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.
Please consider looking at the petition and, if you agree, please sign and share.
Should you require more information this can be found here.