Christmas wish to end funding crisis
Care workers’ union GMB will join care provider HC One and a delegation of older people later today (December 20) to deliver a Christmas card to the Prime Minister asking her to grant carers’ Yuletide wish for end to the funding crisis in care.
The union will head to 10 Downing Street, Westminster, at 3pm today to deliver the Christmas message. The Christmas card, co-signed by care home provider HC-One urges the PM to show those who work in care, the patients and their families, as well as the public, that the government values the work and service of the care sector.
Today’s initiative forms part of GMB’s #WeCare campaign celebrating the work of members working in care this Christmas. It comes as new analysis from the Labour Party this morning shows 2.3 million older missing out on vital social to help them with basic tasks. Labour says the “quality of care is on a precipice” with cuts on council funding due to spiral to £6.3bn by next year amid increasing demand from the ageing population.
“Carers work incredibly hard all year round – but at this time of year their love and dedication is often the difference between someone having a merry Christmas, or a lonely, miserable one,” said GMB national officer Sharon Wilde.
“Health and social care funding is one of the most pressing issues facing our country – with a crisis of epic proportions upon us.
“GMB has been warning the Government for years about the vast social care funding black hole. Hopefully, at this festive time of year, the Prime Minister will listen and grant the care sector its Christmas wish.”
HC-One chief executive Justin Hutchens said greater investment in care would demonstrate value to and recognition of the millions of dedicated, hard-working care professionals who committed to providing an invaluable public service, boosting morale and pride in the care sector.
“We’re asking the Government to show those who work in care, the patients and their families, as well as the public, that it values the work and service of our sector,” said Mr Hutchens.