Care recovery plan needed by April, MPs tell Government

A broader health and care recovery plan should be published by April, setting out the role of Integrated Care Boards, MPs have told the Government in new COVID guidance.

In a report, Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic, the Health & Social Care Committee criticises the Government for the adequate social care settlement in the spending review. Noting that the £5.4 billion granted over three years falls well short of the recommended £7 billion annual increase, the committee says: “There is no guarantee of additional funding from the Health and Social Care Levy, so we remain very concerned that social care will remain the poor relation. Without the right support for social care, a recovery plan for the NHS is doomed to failure.”

Welcome commitments from Government on areas including workforce and unpaid carers, “do not go far enough,” the committee says and it has called for a detailed ten-year plan for social care, and a People Plan for social care, aligned to the ambitions set out in the NHS People Plan. H&SC Committee research states that there are 105,000 vacancies in social care, with a staff turnover rate of 28.5 per cent, rising to 38.2 per cent for nurses working in social care.

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