NHS pay increases must be matched by better social care funding says provider group
A social care providers’ group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a worsening of the current staffing crisis in the sector.
The Independent Care Group has welcomed reports that the Government will end the freeze on public sector pay, paving the way for pay increases for nurses but say this must be matched with better funding for social care. The group’s Chair, Mike Padgham said: “We fear the Government might not fully see the consequences of taking this step. If it is not matched by better funding for social care, which will enable providers to compete with the NHS when it comes to recruitment, we could see the situation get worse rather than better.”
Mr Padgham said social care was suffering from a major staff recruitment crisis, with 90,000 vacancies on any one day.