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NHS facing ‘unforgivable’ workforce crisis as number of doctors stands 25 years behind similar EU nations | Yorkshire Post

This is disgraceful, but it is what occurs when Governments are responsible for financing organisations, for the finance given is only what each Governments feels is sufficient, not whether it is sufficient or not.

It is the same with pay rises, which is of course a matter of concern currently, as only a derisory 1% has been put forward so far. But even when a pay uplift is authorised, it is usual for no additional funding to be given, but just taken from the funding already in place, so thereby making an insufficient funding even more insufficient.

Is this the way for any organisation to be funded, well the answer is no and especially an organisation, such as the NHS, which is a very essential service.

But, at least they are receiving some increased funding, which can’t be said for social care, for if the NHS is in crisis, the crisis in Social Care is even more so. When considering the close relationship between the NHS and Social Care is even more worrying news, for any crisis in Social Care will cause even more demands on the NHS, causing even more demands on the insufficient funding on the NHS.

So, what is the answer, well the answer is that both the NHS and Social Care need to be sufficiently fund, not tomorrow, but immediately, for any delays will only increase the extent of the crisis in both the NHS and Social Care.

This is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

So if you care for either the NHS or Social Care or both, then you need to be considering supporting this petition.

 

: NHS facing ‘unforgivable’ workforce crisis as number of doctors stands 25 years behind similar EU nations | Yorkshire Post

Landmark report reveals frontline social care workers should be paid an extra £7000 a year | How One Care Worker’s Dual Role Supports Residents At The Lawn Care Home In Hampshire

This is so true and has been so for many years. For Social Care is the forgotten health care service.

Much has been said about NHS workers, but even then only a restricted few. Not saying nurses don’t deserve a substantial pay rise for they do, but social care workers even more so.

There are so many staff shortages in social care that only limited care can be given and not to all that need care. If recognition is not given then even the limited social care being given currently could be even more reduced. Any reductions in Social Care will have serious effects on health care and the NHS.

The Government need to keep its promises to Social care and deliver all that is required for the consequences of not doing so are so bad and devastating for all concerned.

That is why I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Please you support it also.

 

Source: Landmark report reveals frontline social care workers should be paid an extra £7000 a year | How One Care Worker’s Dual Role Supports Residents At The Lawn Care Home In Hampshire

Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Boris Johnson faced a massive backlash this evening after devoting just nine words to social care in the Queen’s Speech.

Yes, he does and it is about time.

But, so it is for the media, for at long last the Media writes about social care and its chronic under-funding, as Social Care has never been sufficiently funded.

I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, please also do so.

For more information, please see, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazgoEy6ROxeV0abd2mT?e=IeXIaf

Social Care needs your support, so please do so.

Source: Boris Johnson faces backlash after failing to honour his pledge to fix Britain’s social care system | Daily Mail Online

Norman Lamb: Covid is widening inequality for young people | Mental health | The Guardian

Norman Lamb, former Lib Dem MP and care minister, is correct more should have been done years ago by successive Governments both on funding and other actions, for, if they had, the crisis today would not be as serious, but ignore it they did.

So, it is essential that the Government listen, but will they without the voice of the UK population, which is why the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, needs to be supported.

Please view and then sign and share.

If more information is required then please find it here.

 

Source: Norman Lamb: Covid is widening inequality for young people | Mental health | The Guardian

Councils face £500m adult social care overspend in 2020-21 as Covid fuels mounting need | Community Care

This is far from, unexpected, for COVID-19 has made an already very serious crisis in Social Care into an extremely very serious crisis in Social Care.

In fact, if the Government does not solve to funding crisis in Social Care the words to describe the crisis will not be there, as the crisis will be too extreme to describe.

The long road the social care ‘can’ is being kicked down is coming or has come to a ‘cul-de-sac’ from which there is no escape, except the required funding.

If the funding is not forthcoming then there is a serious risk of a total failure to social care, which, in turn will escalate safeguarding concerns, causing extremely serious consequences for people in need of care and their families.

COVID-19 is not the main cause, as this is the serious lack of funding.

The Government needs to act and act now, for to not do so shows they are not abiding by their ‘Duty of Care’.

I have felt so strongly on this, that I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Should you wish to see more then please see here.

 

Source: Councils face £500m adult social care overspend in 2020-21 as Covid fuels mounting need | Community Care

What lockdown means for families with disabled children | The Spectator

This article says it all and shows why Social Care is in crisis.

For care was not as good as it could be before COVID-19, where funding was one, if not the most important factor.

In fact funding has always been a major problem in Social Care, even before 1970, which was when the Government of that time brought all social care under the responsibility of Local Authorities, (LAs). Before 1970 social care was a mish-mash of care from Charities, LAs, Health, Voluntary sector, etc and there was no overall control, and as usual, the LAs did not receive extra funding and were expected to use existing funding.

Reference was also made, in the article, to the Coronavirus Act 2020, which, supposedly, temporarily, remove the requirement for LAs to abide by the Care Act 2014 for all adults and their families and similarly other legislation for children and their families. This at a time when the need would be more and certainly not less. In fact, the need is never less, as the adults and children will, more than likely require more help as they become older and their health conditions progressively worsen.

Is it that the Government does not understand the situations that persons in need and their families are in, or do they not want to understand.

Many Governments, even this Boris |Government have promised that the crisis in Social Care will be looked at and measures put in place to solve the crisis. While, the Cameron Government did look at the problems relating to Social Care, they, instead of resolving it immediately, they pushed it down the road to April 2020 and then came COVID-19 and thought of Social Care was ‘thrown out of the window’. Or, this was what appear to be, especially when they discharged elderly persons with COVID-19 into Care Homes and then deaths within Care Homes was abundant. This was plain to see what would occur, but the Government appeared to dismiss this, or it was more convenient for them to do so.

Will the crisis in Social Care ever be solved, well not without the required Government action, which, still, they are not doing.

So the Government needs a push to act and my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, could be the means.

Please do view the petition, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

and, if you agree, please sign and share.

You may wish further information and this is not exhaustive, and, if so, please see the this.

Social Care needs YOU.

 

#care        #socialcare          #crisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: What lockdown means for families with disabled children | The Spectator

Most providers face going into red this winter without extra Covid social care funding, warns ADASS | Community Care

Social care faces a “dangerous scenario” of most care providers going into the red this winter unless the government gives councils more funding to support them manage the impact of Covid-19.

That was the warning from Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) president James Bullion, in an appearance before the House of Commons health and social care select committee yesterday.

ADASS estimated that one-third of providers were currently making a loss because of the additional costs from Covid-19 – including personal protective equipment and covering staff sickness – and reduced income as a result of service reductions, Bullion told MPs.

This is despite councils stepping in to cover costs, making use of the £3.7bn in un-ringfenced funding allocated to authorities by government to meet the costs of the coronavirus.

 

Source: Most providers face going into red this winter without extra Covid social care funding, warns ADASS | Community Care

 

 

‘The Forgotten Angels’ – Why we must act now to prevent a collapse of Social Care : Welfare Weekly

With coronavirus continuing to have an impact across the country, one woman speaks out about the desperate need to support a social care system on the brink of collapse.

Diana McGovern suffers from MS and is confined to a wheelchair. She relies on her carers to complete the simple day to day tasks we all take for granted.

Without “her angels” as she calls them, it would be impossible for her to remain in her own home.

She is deeply concerned about the crisis facing the social care system in this country and believes any further pressure on it, such as a second wave of COVID19, would lead to its collapse.

 

Source: ‘The Forgotten Angels’ – Why we must act now to prevent a collapse of Social Care : Welfare Weekly

 

 

Social Care how I view it, especially in Sheffield

In the care of my adult daughter we rely heavily on Social Care and expressly the current care package for without it we could not ensure there would be care, sufficient good care for my daughter, who has severe learning disabilities (LD), multiple physical disabilities and autism.

For many years my wife and myself, especially my wife, as I was working full time 5 days a week, did all the aspects of care. When my wife felt she could not manage all the care we ventured into home care on a small basis of 6 and a half hours of care per day during the week.

However, her health started to deteriorate and I did what I could at weekends and during the evening to morning, but it became clear that we had to have more care hours and we then received 6 and a half per day at weekends.

During this time my own health started to waiver and I reduced my working days to 3 days full time, but eventually had to take early retirement at 62.

It soon became clear that we needed even more home care and the care package was extended to 24/7. During all this time we did have regular periods of respite care where our daughter went to a respite home for about 8-9 week long visits throughout the year.

Respite care was not, at times, all that it should be and we made many complaints about the care our daughter was receiving. But in August 2019 this came to a halt as we withdrew her from respite and now the only care we have is 24/7.

Some of you could say we were very lucky to get the care package we did, but this was not without having to take on the council on many occasions, where we made a strong case for the current care package.

Not everything was plain sailing, but we struck lucky with our substantive home care provider, who are excellent, not saying the care provided by the others within the 24/7 care package iare not. We are also lucky to have, currently, a very experienced good Social Worker, which has not been so in the past.

I have also, through the years been involved in many other areas of social care and health care, which is mentioned on ‘What Chris Sterry is involved with

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic I have felt abandoned by Sheffield Adult Social Care, although our Social Worker has been in contact when he has the time in his very busy workload. His and other Social Workers workloads were excessive before COVID-19, but with the advent of COVID-19 the workloads got even more busy.

During this pandemic many of the meetings I used to attend in person have now been made virtual.

The LD Partnership Board have been slow in arranging virtual meetings, but recently we have had a short meeting with only a few of the Partners, but a more substantive meeting has been arranged for 24 August 2020.

As we were not having meetings I raised a number of questions, but was advised that the persons responsible to answer the questions were too busy with COVID-19 issues.

So, on the 7 May 2020 I raised by email the following

  1. Re the £2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable,  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2-9-billion-funding-to-strengthen-care-for-the-vulnerable, How much of the £2.9 billion has Sheffield receive What percentage has been allocated to Social Care How has this affected Sheffield’s ability to provide much needed Social Care
  2. the Government Coronavirus Act suspended the Care Act 2014 and equivalent for children, how as this affect care provision in Sheffield
  3. I took part in the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum virtual meeting on Tuesday 5 May 2020. In this meeting there were comments on how some schools, especially Special Needs Schools have been in regular contact during COVID-19 with families to enquire how they are and what do they require. Some families were saying from having no contact for years to now regular contact was good, but the degree of contact would need to be gauged with families to ensure that there is no over contact. I also know that Sheffield Mencap & Gateway (SMG) are also contacting families of persons who attend SMG services. It would be good to know if this, within Day Services is now common practice and if not, why not.
  4. It goes without saying that I am not pleased that one of the first things this Government did was to suspend the Care Act 2014 and similar legislation for children, when it should be common sense that Carers and persons in need of care would require more  services not less during COVID-19, but this is how the current and past Conservative Governments have been taking into act their decimation of the welfare system and other acts, especially austerity cuts. This is even more reasons that support for my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care with more information, please see https://www.dropbox.com/s/9nurve8oev2rfrv/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%209.docx?dl=0
  5. bearing mind the above I do wish to thank everyone within SCC Social Care for all they are doing during this COVID-19 situation, it is difficult for all of us and the caring shown is welcome

To date I have not received any response or answers to these questions, is this caring in Sheffield.

This is at a time, as I state in my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care,

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care, when social care is in crisis, not just in Sheffield, but the whole of the UK.

Immediate action needs to be taken to safeguard social care and all those in need of social care.

So, Social Care needs YOU

#care #socialcare #crisis

“kick in the teeth” for frontline heroes who put their lives on the line during pandemic : Care Industry News

Social care providers in Wales have called low pay for carers and nurses a “national disgrace” following public sector pay rises in other areas.

According to Care Forum Wales, which represents 500 care homes and domiciliary care companies, it was a “kick in the teeth”  for the frontline heroes who put their lives on the line during the coronavirus pandemic.

The fact that they were being ignored while almost 900,000 public sector workers, including teachers and doctors, were getting above inflation pay rises was galling.

In Wales, pay rates are effectively determined by local councils who set the level of fees care homes and domiciliary care companies receive.

As a result, say Care Forum Wales, wage levels have been unfairly suppressed by the local authorities who have managed the budgets for 25 years.

 

Source : “kick in the teeth” for frontline heroes who put their lives on the line during pandemic : Care Industry News