MHA CEO Sam Monaghan has warned that social care is at a “pivot point” as a result of the huge impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During an impassioned speech at yesterday’s Future of Care conference in London, Sam said the pandemic had exposed “huge gaps” across social care and left many staff “weary and fragile”.
Speaking amidst growing frustration with delays to social care reform, Sam urged the sector to make it “uncomfortable” for government by pressing for action.
Sam said there had been 2m requests for care turned down since the PM’s pledge to fix social care in 2019.
“This system is lurching forward,” he added. “We have got to make this a priority for government.”
Highlighting the sector’s workforce crisis, Sam said: “We are seeing people leaving us. We need to have better career pathways and more consistent training. We need to value our people with a proper Workforce Strategy.”
The CEO said care staff needed to be properly remunerated, adding this could only be done in partnership with government through a “fairly funded” care system.
The not for profit provider has launched a #FixCareForAll campaign, calling for the government to bring forward proposals to reform adult social care at the earliest opportunity.