MP wants more state support for care workers to deal with staffing crisis

MP wants more state support for care workers to deal with staffing crisis

by Henry James (October 2021)

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson MP has asked the Government to consider recruitment and retention payments to address staff shortages in social care.

Mr Esterson recently met with Kim Crowe, chief executive of Parkhaven Trust in Maghull, to discuss the challenges faced by care organisations.

The MP has asked the Work and Pensions Secretary about adjustments to Universal Credit to make social care more attractive to those looking for work.

He also asked the Home Secretary to clarify what representations had been made to her about adding carers to the shortage occupation list for visas.

Mr Esterson said: “Kim told me the sector is facing a perfect storm due to problems recruiting and retaining staff.

“She said it was unclear how tax rises for health and social care would help resolve the workforce crisis in the short term as very little extra will go into social care and care staff are among those who will be hit by the tax rises which target low paid workers.

“Kim said she was concerned about the sustainability of services, especially in the coming winter months, with stories of home care providers handing contracts back to local authorities because they simply cannot find the workforce to deliver them, while some care home providers cannot accept any new residents because they do not have sufficient staff to support any more.

“They are unable to support people being discharged from hospital, either at home or in a care home, which leads to bed-blocking in our hospitals which is not only incredibly expensive but is not the best place for people to be cared for.”

He added that the Parkhaven boss said she that while it is right to have mandatory vaccination for staff in care, it should be implemented at the same time as in the NHS to prevent staff leaving.

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