Responding to the social care funding announcement today, RCN Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive, Susan Aitkenhead, said
"The nursing shortage in social care is even greater than the NHS and this long-term funding change will take too long to address that.
“Ministers continue to bury their heads in the sand despite repeated workforce warnings – individuals who need it most are let down by a short-staffed care system.
“Social care must become a more attractive place to work, with salaries for care and nursing staff that at the very least match the NHS.
“If the government pushes ahead with the increase in National Insurance, social care staff on low wages will be amongst the hardest hit. Already faced with rising inflation, this will be yet another blow.
"No matter whether social care or NHS, nursing staff deserve fair pay. Our members do not believe the Prime Minister's recent pay pledges amount to 'good wages’.
“The Health and Care Bill must address workforce challenges by ensuring legal accountability for safe staffing across the health and care system."