Responding to the government’s announcement of an extra £341 million in infection control funding and testing for social care, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“Infection control funding is vital for care workers who need proper wages when they isolate. But the current flawed system means some employers are ignoring the guidance. Any extra money must be backed up with enforcement.
“The entire social care sector must also be reformed urgently and funded properly. Then it won’t have to rely on hand-to-mouth grants and trusting private providers to do the right thing.”
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.