Staff deserve better recognition
Social care staff have been praised for their amazing and selfless contribution to the frontline fight against coronavirus.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) says care staff working in care and nursing homes and caring for people in their own homes are true heroes during the pandemic.
They are calling for care workers to get greater recognition.
ICG Chair, Mike Padgham said: “The work social care staff have done these past months has been right up there alongside NHS staff, doctors and nurses. They have worked miracles.
“They have gone to work every day, putting their own lives and health on the line to care for people with Covid-19. They have been absolutely amazing.
“From the very start of the pandemic they were on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus and at times were battling without the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and without a proper testing regime.”
He said better recognition of care staff was now vital.
“We desperately need social care reform and central to that will be greater recognition of our staff,” he added.
“As part of root and branch reform of social care, staff must have pay and recognition parity with their colleagues in the NHS and a proper career pathway.
“For far too long, work in social care has been seen as a poor relation to NHS care work. The pandemic has proved that this should never have been the case and that now it has to change.”