‘A tsunami’ of people to be left without care this winter

Social Care Shortages
LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel In: Medical Negligence

England’s care watchdog has released a concerning report, that predicts that staff shortages in the care sector will leave ‘a tsunami’ of people without that care that they need this winter, as social care staff are ‘exhausted and depleted’. The CQC has urged immediate work to address the problem of unfilled care sector jobs that will likely lead to further pressure on the NHS.

What are the main issues causing the shortages?

Care companies have concluded that the main factors that are meaning that staff are both hard to find and also to keep are:

  • Post-Brexit immigration changes
  • Compulsory vaccinations in care homes
  • Burnout from the pandemic
  • Post-Brexit immigration rule changes

They have urged that ‘If we’re to get safely through this winter, there needs to be urgent action.’ The latest figures have confirmed that social care providers are facing a staffing crisis, losing staff to better paid jobs in retail and hospitality, whilst being able to find recruitments. Across England, the number of unfulfilled jobs are rising month on month, the researchers found, from 6% in April to more than 10% in September. London is worst affected with 11% of jobs vacant, followed by the East Midlands at 9.4% and the South West at 9.2%. In Devon, it has been found that more than on in five beds are empty in care homes because Ark Care Homes cannot afford to staff them. These figures mean that care providers are having to seriously limit their services

What are the government doing?

Care Quality Commission chief executive Ian Trenholm delivered the report with a warning that the problem needed to be addressed urgently. On Thursday, the government announced an extra £162.5m to boost the adult social care workforce. This is along with the £5.4bn earmarked for social care over the next three years from the government’s health and social care levy, which already includes £500m to be spent on the workforce. The CQC warned that, ‘it must be used to enable new ways of working that recognise the interdependency of all health and care settings, not just to prop up existing approaches and to plug demand in acute care.’

What should you do if you’ve been affected by substandard care?

Sadly, staff shortages in both the care and in medical sectors can inevitably lead to mistakes and important things being overlooked. Whilst it is a difficult time for the NHS, any mistakes should always be compensated and we can help you to get the support that you need. Social services have a duty of care to protect vulnerable members of society, however some of the most common types of medical negligence that happens in care homes includes:

  • Pressure ulcers and pressure sores
  • Medication and prescription errors
  • Injuries and fractures from falls and handling errors
  • Injuries from neglect and abuse within the care homes
  • Poor hygiene
  • Malnutrition

We Can Help

If you have a family member who has been affected by substandard social care, then we can help you to get the compensation that you family deserves. Our specialist solicitors have a great deal of experience with cases of this kind, and can help you throughout your claim.

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