Care for the elderly will face a crisis in recruitment and retention of staff, unless the sector can be made more attractive to work in, a leading figure has warned.
Ranald Mair, chief executive of Scottish Care, was speaking at the annual conference of his organisation, which represents private care providers. Mr Mair said care companies could only pay low rates and were increasingly reliant on staff from eastern Europe to work with those needing residential care. Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association was also on the panel.
He criticised councils both north and south of the Border for seeking care on the cheap from the private sector. “The public sector is much more expensive, but councils are quite happily paying themselves more than they are prepared to pay on the open market,” he said.
He called for money for training NHS staff to be made available to staff in other sectors. “The NHS spends £100 a minute on training. That public money should be available to anyone delivering a private care service,” he said.