Chief inspector warns cuts are affecting adult social care
The chief inspector of adult social care in England has said that cuts are putting social care under “stress and strain” and carers’ are having their efforts undermined.
Andrea Sutcliffe has said that many carers ended up being “the sort of care worker you wouldn’t want them to be”, reports the BBC.
Adult social care budgets have been cut by £4.6bn since 2010 – a 31% overall reduction – according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
Ms Sutcliffe has said funding cuts has led to carers feeling overworked and undervalued. She said: “That potentially means that they may leave, and we do see turnover, but it also may mean that they end up being the sort of care worker that you wouldn’t want them to be because the system around them isn’t supportive. The social care sector is certainly under stress and strain. And that is a combination of all sorts of factors – the increased numbers of people who need care and support, the increased complexity of their needs.”
A Department of Health spokesman said that while an increase in awareness and reporting of abuse was to be welcomed, abuse and neglect were “completely unacceptable at all times. Treating someone with dignity and compassion doesn’t cost anything. We’re making sure we recruit people with the right values and skills by introducing a ‘fit and proper person’ test for directors and a care certificate for front-line staff. The CQC’s new tougher inspection regime will also help to make sure that if abuse does occur, it’s caught quickly and dealt with.”
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