Mike Padgham

Care Providers React To Four Seasons News

mike-padghamThe troubles experienced by Four Seasons make it imperative that the Government acts to tackle the crisis in social care, a provider group warned today.

The Independent Care Group says large and small care providers are struggling and unless action is taken the situation is going to get worse.

The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “The first thing to say is that we very much hope the situation is stabilised soon. The top priority is the 17,000 clients and their families and we hope their care can be assured.

“Similarly, we feel for the 20,000 staff and very much hope their futures can be secured.

“Social care is in crisis and small, medium and large operators are all suffering. Some 1.4m people are now going without the care they need – a figure that is rising by the day. More people are asking for social care, fewer are receiving it.

“The King’s Fund reported recently that real-terms local authority spending on social care is £700m below what it was in 2010-11 and ADASS reports that by the end of 2019-20 some £8bn will have been removed from social care since 2010.

“The need for the Government to come up with a rescue package for social care in its long-awaited Green Paper is now paramount, but we still don’t know when that will be released.

“We have to have action now or we will see more and more care operators struggling and the people who will suffer are the clients – the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles who just aren’t getting the care they deserve.”