Responding to a report published tomorrow by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), The adult social care workforce in England, which suggests that the adult social care sector is underfunded, with the care workforce suffering from low pay, low esteem and high turnover of staff, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“The crisis in social care is certainly not a new phenomenon so it’s astonishing that the department charged with sorting this out still has no credible plan to fund it in a sustainable way, especially when so many providers are dependent on public funding.
“The significant pressures facing social care are a direct result of inadequate funding. This is having a knock-on effect in an already overstretched and underfunded NHS – when social care isn’t available, patients end up being unnecessarily sent to hospital and can experience delays in being discharged to appropriate social care settings. This is distressing for patients and places a significant strain on the rest of the health system.
“Doctors need social care to be sufficiently funded and adequately staffed so that the most vulnerable in society can be properly looked after. With demand on health and social care services rising, the government must outline long-term solutions and resources that provide the security that people need and deserve.”