The comments made by Liz Kendall, the Shadow Minister for Social Care, on 21 October 2020.
Care staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our loved ones are properly looked after during this pandemic. But even before the virus stuck, social care services were stretched to breaking point with high turnover and vacancy rates and staff that are all too often undervalued and underpaid.
Unless Ministers take urgent action, these problems will only get worse. We need a long term plan for the care workforce as part of wider reforms to fix the crisis in social care – something the prime minister has promised time and time again, but so far completely failed to deliver.