Commenting on the latest Care Quality Commission’s report on the state of social care in the UK, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards said:
“While it’s reassuring to see standards of care haven’t fallen, this is all due to the dedication of hardworking staff. Despite many hurdles and challenges, they maintain their professionalism and always put the people they care for first.
“But unfortunately, there won’t be any significant improvement in the quality of care until the lack of training and persistent low pay in the care sector are tackled.
“Attempts to bring closer working with the NHS will only happen when social care is properly funded.
“Much more needs to be done to improve the social care sector and restore the dignity that’s lacking.”
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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