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Inquiry to examine why staff are abandoning social care sector

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Reasons behind staff leaving the health and social care sectors and how to tackle them will be examined in a new inquiry.

Workforce recruitment and training will also be explored by the Health and Social Care Committee.

The committee said it has heard repeatedly that more staff will be needed to meet future demand and deal with the backlog caused by the pandemic.

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Evidence has cited poor workforce planning, weak policy and fragmented responsibilities as contributing to a workforce crisis.

Solutions to be considered include the ideal balance between the domestic and international recruitment of health and social care workers.

Health and Social Care Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt MP said: “We are facing a workforce crisis in health and social care of such proportions that it risks undermining every plan to tackle the backlog, meet the demands of an ageing population, and fix social care.”

The inquiry builds on recommendations of previous reports, Social care: funding and workforce published last year and Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care published in June.

Last week, Communities Secretary Michael Gove has said he will meet Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson for “urgent” talks on the recruitment and retention of social care workers.

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  1. Excellent – another Government enquiry to pay lip service. By the time its complete, more staff will have left the sector, quality care will have deteriorated further, more small providers will have shut their doors and less beds will be available.

    We don’t need another enquiry, we need to fund our providers better so that we can pay our staff a fair and decent wage for what they do. We also need to the ability to recruit the best social care staff from an international labour pool. Unless we take action and not have another enquiry, it will be far too late for those in care now!!!

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