Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to honour his pledge to tackle the social care crisis within 100 days of his election.
The call by Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, came as he submitted evidence to the Chancellor’s Budget process.
Martin said: “The incumbent Government has until 22 March to act upon the Prime Minister’s pledge to tackle social care within 100 days of his election. The stabilisation of the adult social care sector should be the Government’s first priority, inaction is no longer viable. As a critical friend of the Government, Care England can help deliver the long term sustainability of the social care, and thus health, sector.”
In submitting his evidence, Martin said there could be no lasting improvement in the NHS without addressing the issues prevalent in the social care system.
He called for greater parity in social care and NHS pay rates and greater investment in the training and upskilling of care staff, including independent sector nurses, to boost recruitment and retention.
Martin added: “Ensuring the future sustainability of the social care sector is of vital importance to both society and the economy. Across England millions of individuals’ future well-being and economic stability is contingent upon ensuring the future sustainability of the social care sector.”
Mr Johnnson pledged to fix the social care crisis in his first speech as Prime Minister in December. He subsequently warned it could take five years to come up with a long-term solution for the sector.