Responding to a report published today (Monday) by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) about the rapidly deteriorating situation for those who need social care, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“This is another ear-splitting alarm bell for the government on staffing shortages in the care sector.
“Ministers can’t keep wringing their hands hoping this will go away. A human tragedy is unfolding, with care workers describing the heart-breaking impact of shortages for the vulnerable and elderly.
“Unions, employers and politicians of all parties have been urging immediate action on pay in social care, but month after month nothing happens.
“The dithering must end. Care workers, the people they look after and their families want one thing from government, right now. Additional money to be invested in a pay boost for care workers to begin to bring the situation under control.”
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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.