RNHA supports DH findings on low pay
The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed an acknowledgement by the Department of Health, in its recently published adult social workforce strategy, that low levels of pay in the social care sector are a cause for concern and is calling for action to address the problem in both now and for the long term.
‘We shall now have wait to find out whether the strategy is just a piece of paper, or whether it will be translated into firm action by councils throughout the country,’ said RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell.
‘In many cases nursing homes can only just afford to offer their care assistants remuneration at or just above the national minimum wage,’ said Mr Ursell.
‘The Government expects nursing homes to meet more than one hundred national minimum standards of care and to be constantly looking to raise their standards. Somehow, the desired ends and the available means don’t match up very well.’