Commenting on the government’s announcement that councils in England will receive £40m extra to enhance social care with the aim of freeing up hospital beds today (Monday), UNISON head of social care Gavin Edwards said:
“This is a drop in the ocean compared to the scale of the problem.
“It will do next to nothing to fix the deep-rooted problems in social care. Anyone trying to arrange a care package knows all too well that the system is broken.
“Instead of endless short-term measures to patch up a sector in crisis, the government must commit to complete reform.
“What’s needed is a national care service that’s adequately funded, with proper standards and fair pay for its workforce.”
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.