NHS boss calls for social care to be fixed in one year

Plans to adequately fund the social care sector need to be in place within a year, the head of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show at the weekend.

Speaking on the event of the 72nd anniversary of the National Assistance Act, which created social care in the UK, Sir Simon went on to say that the resilience of the adult social care system has been under a harsh spotlight during COVID-19.

“As a country have answered the question ow are we going to fund and provide high quality care for our parents’ generation. We still do not have a fair and properly resourced sector with proper workforce support. A quarter of staff on zero hours contracts and one third churn in employment are not preconditions for high quality care for older people,” he said.

Calling for social care to be “fixed within a year”, he said that one of the legacies of the Second World War was the creation of the NHS. “That is the Legacy that we need for social care coming out of coronavirus.”

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  1. Three Cheers for Sir Simon!!!

    At last someone from the NHS recognises the need for reform in the Social Care Sector. In order to fix things in a year, we need to have a concrete plan that involves National Care Associations that represent all providers, particularly the SMEs who make up the bulk of providers in this country.

  2. Helen Thorpe

    Ambitious!!

    There is much to reform in Social Care, Zero hours contracts would only be the tip of the mountain!! National Care Associations would be a constructive way forward, but only if the representation is from people at “grass root level”. For it is only those that truly know what is wrong, why it is wrong, and likely how to correct it.

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