National Care Forum (NCF) CEO, Vic Rayner OBE, has called on the government to take action to address the immediate concerns facing social care.
The NCF leader issued the call as the last remaining dedicated funding for social care to deal with social care is due to end tomorrow.
Vic said that while the funding is due to run out, the issues it is intending to provide support for – testing, staff sick pay, restricting staff movement, infection prevention control, visiting and vaccination – remain unchanged.
The NCF head said the sands holding up the delivery of social care were “shifting at speed” as the workforce crisis escalates.
“I don’t believe for one moment that the general public care more about whether they have a turkey on their table at Christmas than ensuring someone needing care and support gets consistent high quality care to enable them to live an independent life as part of their community,” Vic said.
“The political will to find a solution for the poultry industry, for the HGV sector, for the fuel pumps must extend to solutions for people who need care and support. The government must take action and the public must hold them to account.”
Vic’s comments came as Advinia Health Care became the latest provider to announce a care home closure.
The provider has begun consultation on the closure of Barrock Court in Carlisle due to a lack of qualified care staff.