IS THE QUALITY OF ADULT SOCIAL CARE DETERIORATING?

  • New data reveals that the quality of adult social care is deteriorating due to staff shortage.

    The BBC analysed data collated by the charity "Skills for Care" and revealed that:

    • In 2015-16, about 338,520 adult social care workers (equivalent to 928 people daily) left their job
    • 60% of those who left stopped working  in adult social care altogether
    • The average full-time frontline care worker earned £14,800 per year which is £7.69 per hour
    • One in four social care workers was employed on a zero hours contract
    • About 1 in every 20 care worker role remained vacant

    25 year old, Trudi Hewitt, who works at a care home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, said:

    "This is not the job I'm going to be doing for the rest of my career.

    "I really care about the people I look after, but I just feel that the care sector is a dead end job.

    "It's upsetting and disheartening when you find out that people earn more than you do in a supermarket just for stacking shelves."

    A Department of Health spokesperson said:

    "Social care jobs have increased at an average of 3% a year since 2010, but we want to see improvements in turnover rates, with talented staff attracted to a robust sector backed by an additional £2bn over the next three years.

    "Meanwhile, we're investing in the workforce of the future, with a total of 87,800 apprentices starting last year - up 37,300 compared to 2010."

    What do you think?

    Please tweet comments @suppsolutions.

    For more details, visit the BBC.

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