Government must act on watchdog’s call for social care reform, says UNISON   

Christina McAnea says National Audit Office’s concerns are ‘hugely significant’

Responding to the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on adult social care ​that highlights the government’s failure to plan long term, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The NAO’s strongly-worded call for action is hugely significant. Campaigners, politicians and now even government watchdogs want urgent reform.

“The current privatised, fragmented and largely unregulated system is unfit for purpose. It’s a recipe for buck passing, wasted resources and failure to deliver for those who depend on care.

“​Unions, employers and ​organisations from across the political spectrum ​are demanding an overhaul of the entire sector. T​here can be no more delay.

“Ministers could start by fixing the problem of endemic low pay across social care, which is undermin​ing ​any attempts to improve ​the care on offer.”

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.

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