Feb 8, 2018

Care sector: 'Short of nurses and other key staff'

Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says. The sector was particularly struggling to recruit nurses and senior staff to run services, causing the elderly and disabled to go without care, it said. The government has promised a Green Paper with proposals to change the way care services work will be published by the summer. NAO chief Amyas Morse said: "Social care cannot continue as a Cinderella service - without a valued and rewarded workforce." Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said the report was a "Damning indictment of the failure of successive governments" and meant frail older people were going without the care they needed.

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