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Care minister pledges to remember care staff in Day of Remembrance and Reflection

“We will remember them.” That is the core message from care leaders and care minister Gillian Keegan at today’s Day of Remembrance and Reflection.

In her address to today’s event, Keegan expressed her desire to recognise and celebrate “exceptional care professionals”. She said: “I want you to feel empowered, and to enjoy rewarding careers and to be aware of your essential contribution to the health, happiness and liberty of families across our nation.”

In response, care leaders urged the Government to use the day as the impetus for improvements in the care sector. Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green called on the Government to “put care teams in the realm of professionals”.

Nadra Ahmed, executive chairman of the National Care Association said: “Those that are still delivering [care] should not be forgotten either. Never take off the agenda this incredible workforce. Without them support for people is at risk.”

Karolina Gerlich, chief executive officer of the Care Workers’ Charity, called for parity with the NHS workforce, and she pledged to work on developing official recognition for care staff.

In response, Keegan reassured the audience that social care reform would deliver support for care teams. She said: “My colleagues in Government and, of course, myself will continue to act as a champion for the social care workforce to help us achieve our vision for a recognised adult social care workforce.”

The meeting was attended by around 300 people online and in person. A film has been produced to mark the day.

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