Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ because Tories want it to

This is one of the reasons I am standing for election to my local council.

Social care has been neglected by successive right-wing governments for decades.

Passing the buck onto private service providers was never going to help because they have to try to make a profit on a dwindling income; government won’t pay and poor families can’t.

Result: Care workers on the minimum wage who couldn’t care less – and are quitting the English system. I want to prevent the same thing from happening here in Wales.

Is this the kind of service we think we owe the people who raised us?

More than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, new figures reveal.

Service providers warn that growing staff shortages mean vulnerable people are receiving poorer levels of care.

In a letter to the prime minister, the chairman of the UK Homecare Association said the adult social care system – which applies to those over the age of 18 – has begun to collapse.

The government said an extra £2bn is being invested in the system.

An ageing population means demand is increasing for adult social care services.

Those who provide care to people directly in their own homes, or in nursing homes, say a growing shortage of staff means people face receiving deteriorating levels of care.

Source: Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day – BBC News

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7 thoughts on “Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ because Tories want it to

  1. Jacqui Burns

    My Disabled Partner has been waiting 6 months for our local OT team to come to our home to do a assessment, as he cannot use the bath , and there is no shower . We have recently been told by them they won’t be coming out any time soon as there is no staff !!!
    He is legally entitled to an assessment for his needs ?
    It’s so draining having to fight all the time , bit I WONT give up !!!!
    Full Time Carer/Partner
    J Burns

  2. T. D

    Re your description “Care workers on the minimum wage who couldn’t care less – and are quitting the English system.” My husband works in the English care system at the minimum wage, taking on responsibilities for vulnerable people’s lives… the reason he stays rather than going to a supermarket job in which he could earn more is because he DOES care about his clients and what happens to them, but it gets harder and harder to stay with it, especially given long unreliable and erratic anti-social hours and wages that don’t allow you to make ends meet or put by for emergencies. Most of the people quitting also care, they just can’t manage go on like this any more, especially now zero hour contracts are so prevalent. Please don’t make assumptions….

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’m not making assumptions. We’ve all seen the news stories; we all know they are there.
      I’m not saying all care workers are the same, and you shouldn’t make that assumption.
      But you know as well as I do that they aren’t all like your husband.

  3. Jim Round

    Social care problems go deeper than politics. Far fewer people are, to put it crudely, prepared to wipe backsides, especially on zero hour contracts.
    There is very little certainty in the industry.
    A lot of care providers are badly organised, sending their staff around a large area, with milage allowance only kicking in after the first visit. As the older generation of carers retires, fewer young people are prepared to do the job.
    There is no signs of carers working full time on proper contracts, even council run care homes (whats left of them) are guilty of this.

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