Covid-19 has exacerbated the social care crisis – but a national service isn’t the answer
Doctors, teachers and police officers are among those who will get a salary increase of up to 3.1%.
A welcome pay rise for the selected Public Sector Workers, but it raises many issues.
- funded from current budgets, which are not sufficient for other costs and the pay rise
Not all NHS staff are included and all were essential and still are during this pandemic, including Nurses, domestics porters, etc
again no mention of Social Care, which again is the forgotten care service,. Social Care is even more under-funded than the NHS and the care workers are still not being recognised for the work they did before, during and currently. This is more than a disgrace from this Government and just show the true Government feeling towards Social Care and Social Care workers
no mention of the many family carers who care for their relatives for no pay, already saving the UK over £130 billion and increasing, for the Carers Allowance is a joke both with regards to the amount paid and the severe restrictions on eligibility, including no allowance being paid to family carers who have retired from paid work, but still spend most of their time caring for their relatives. Again a complete disgrace and the Government, again, showing their contempt for both Social Care and family carers.
my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care is more than relevant now, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care
With more information at https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8h8caytwwh3beq/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%20%208.docx?dl=0
Social Care needs you NOW
PM says the government is “planning for the worst” as he warns Covid-19 may be more virulent in winter.
Campaigners say a Government decision to deny overseas care workers a visa to work in Britain has robbed the social care sector of vital staff to look after older and vulnerable people.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has said plans for social care reform need to be in place within a year.
Source: NHS England chief calls for social care reform within a year : Care Home Professional
Researchers from King’s Business School have published a paper urgently calling for a new deal for health and care employees that acknowledges and reflects their worth to our individual and communal well-being that has been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The paper says that the sector needs a new model of employment relations, characterised as fair care work, to tackle the challenges exposed by the crisis.
I am a Family Carer and I agree COVID-19 has had serious consequences for social care, especially as more people are in need of care due to increased isolation and many not being able to work due to lockdown.
In Sheffield, where I reside, we have had a form of social workers being isolated since 2017, when the Adult Social Care department was changed from being specialised teams to more generic and most if not all working from home. The department was split into 7 Localities , supposedly based in 3 or maybe 4 locations, but the locations were not large enough to base the Social Workers at the locality base.
If you were lucky to have been allocated a social worker, you may have been given their mobile number for contact, but getting to speak was difficult and responses to message on voicemail was not time effective.
In many instances if you were aware of the Locality contact details, when you did contact the Locality they were unaware of if the social worker was working or not and where they are.
So, although COVID-19 has increased demand, the lack of contact is not much different to normal.
What is more important is the lack of revenue, due to at least 10 years of austerity cuts by the Government, which have decimated the effects of social care.
The crisi in Social Care was bad before COVID-19, but COVid-19 as increase the degree of crisis.
If this Government does not immediately provide sufficient funding for Social Care, then the degree of Social Care available will be virtually non-existent.
The Government needs to ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’ without delay, if not the resultant demands on health care will be devastating to health, irrespective of whether there is a second wave of COVID-19.
Please refer to my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care’,
For further information,
Campaigners have called for financial aid to be given directly to care providers to prevent many going out of business during the coronavirus outbreak.
Source: Campaigners call for direct financial aid to struggling care providers : Care Home Professional
The UK is facing a national crisis with 6,500 care homes totalling 140,000 beds at risk of closure over the next five years, Knight Frank has warned.
Source: UK faces national crisis as 6,500 care homes could close : Care Home Professional
Welfare inequalities revealed by Covid crisis show UK must modernise and ‘future-proof’ welfare state. Lack of sick pay for an estimated two million workers who do not earn enough to qualify – largely those on zero hours or insecure work contracts. And at just £94 a week this has not been high enough to prevent some of those who are sick from going to work – including in care homes