Britain's social care system has “begun to collapse” as alarming new figures reveal 900 care workers are quitting every day. Yesterday The Mirror exposed the shocking variation in care home quality across England following millions of pounds worth of cuts to council budgets by the Government . Now care providers have warned that soaring staff shortages mean vulnerable people are starting to receive poorer levels of care. In a letter to prime minister Theresa May, Mike Padgham, chairman of the UK Homecare Association, said: “My biggest fear is that we will soon run out of capacity to provide care to those who cannot fund themselves. “I agree wholeheartedly with Age UK’s warning that the social care system will begin to collapse this year, but I would go further and say that the system has already begun to collapse.” The government insists an extra £2billion is being invested in social care. But an ageing population means demand is increasing … [Read more...] about UK social care system in meltdown as figures show 900 workers are quitting PER DAY
There is a warning that more young people need to start working as carers to make sure Wales can look after its aging population.The availability of more government-funded childcare is also expected to increase demand for nursery and creche staff.Around a third of the care workforce are over 50 and there is concern many crucial staff are nearing retirement.An estimated 20,000 more carers will be needed by 2030 to cope with demand.A recruitment campaign, We Care Wales, is being launched to attract more young people into the care industry, which employs around 113,000 people.It comes after nurseries said they were having difficulty recruiting staff, particularly the most qualified and experienced. 'Why we can't afford to save for old age' Q&A: Social care in Wales Why millennials can't afford to save for old age "We know from our own research that young people often see working in care as hard work," said Sue Evans, chief executive of Social Care Wales."However, as more of them are … [Read more...] about Social care: ‘Vital’ to recruit more young care workers
A "revolution" is urgently needed in the way health and social care is delivered in Wales says a major review.Without "significantly accelerated" change, services which are already not fit for the future, will further decline, the expert panel warns.The NHS and social care will be expected to work "seamlessly" together to respond to a person's needs and to deliver care closer to home.Ministers say a new plan will take into account the review's recommendations. Nine leading international experts, chaired by the former chief medical officer for Wales Dr Ruth Hussey, have been looking at ways to try to put the health and social care system on a stronger footing.Its findings propose 10 recommendations, including: Shifting resources away from big hospitals, investing in new technology and giving patients more choice about how and where they want to be cared for. Urgent action to address "critical" staff shortages. More to be done to protect the wellbeing of those working in health and care. … [Read more...] about Revolution in health and social care urged in Wales
Proposals for new laws to improve the way the NHS and social care services are run and work together in Wales have been published by the Welsh Government.Plans include a "duty of quality" for health boards and replacing community health councils with stronger bodies for patient voices.Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said it would "ensure our health and social care services are fit for the future".A consultation will now run for the next three months.The plans in a White Paper were published jointly by Mr Gething and social services minister Rebecca Evans. They also include: Plans to introduce new duties on health boards to work together A new statutory "duty of candour" on all health and social care workers and organisations to be open and transparent and to be upfront when things go wrong New joint complaints processes between health and social care A new process to make decisions about big changes in the way front-line services are delivered It follows criticism by an influential … [Read more...] about New laws to improve NHS Wales and social care working
The Claim: Spending on adult social care is facing its biggest crisis despite government's claim that there will be an extra £3.5bn in the system for England by 2020.Reality Check verdict: Social care could get up to an estimated £3.5bn extra in England by 2020 through council tax increases and a contribution from central government. A similar amount, though, has been cut from social care budgets since 2010 and the extra money would not solve the longer term problems of caring for a population which is continuing to age and whose demands are increasing.Council leaders, charities and an independent regulator have all said there is not enough money going towards care for elderly and disabled people.Speaking about a possible plan to increase council tax again to fund this care, Local Government Association (LGA) chair Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: "Unless the Local Government Finance Settlement provides a solution, we could be in the midst of the worst funding crisis social care has … [Read more...] about Reality Check: Is social care getting more money?