Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as a Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care, I have been meeting regularly with a wide range of people who work in social care and rely on social care. Their first-hand experiences have born no relationship to the Government’s statements on social care: there was no protective ring around care homes, and staff and residents were left exposed without PPE or testing, care home residents died in shockingly high numbers as a result.
Social care workers have carried on in desperate circumstances caring diligently for our most frail and vulnerable loved ones. As we emerge from the pandemic, the Government must recognise their sacrifices by delivering the long overdue reform of social care funding, putting care on an equal status with the NHS, and ensuring all care workers are given a real living wage. You can see my speech from last week here >>