Responding to research published today (Wednesday) by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services showing that almost 7,000 people in England have been waiting more than six months for a care assessment, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“This report confirms what many already suspected. Tens of thousands of older people and those with disabilities aren’t getting the care they desperately need.
“This is a tragedy for them and their families, and a mark of shame for this country.
“Social care is on the brink of collapse as a direct result of government inaction. Ministers keep promising a plan to reform social care but not delivering.
“The Prime Minister can’t keep ignoring the crisis in front of him. The government should be ashamed that this wealthy country has a broken, bargain-basement system that’s about to implode.
“A significant funding boost and a pay rise for care workers are needed urgently, along with a care service that mirrors the NHS.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, including in social care, 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.