Leading union UNISON has said the government’s extension of emergency funding for social care must be used to support staff who self-isolate.
An additional £341m in funding to support social care providers during the pandemic was announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday.
The funding takes the total infection control fund to almost £1.35 billion and support for rapid testing to £288 million, with the money helping to keep residents and staff safe while supporting visiting in line with the latest guidance.
The funding is in addition to free PPE and further support for designated settings to ensure safe hospital discharge.
UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea (pictured) 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.”