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.”