Overhauling care sector is the answer to staff shortages

High vacancy rates show system is broken

Commenting on high vacancy levels in the adult social care workforce highlighted in a report published by Skills for Care today (Wednesday), UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Vacancy rates this high prove the care system is broken. Government immigration policies are simply making a bad situation worse.

“Ministers says they appreciate care workers, but gratitude won’t keep the wolf from the door.

“Care can be tough, emotionally exhausting, highly skilled work. But its staff are also underpaid, poorly treated, and undervalued.

“The government must end the care crisis by showing it’s ready to end a bargain-basement service that puts profits above care and treats staff like numbers on a spreadsheet.

“The UK urgently needs a fully funded national care service with fair pay, extensive training and a proper career structure for its dedicated workforce.”

Notes to editors​:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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