Mike Padgham, MD of Saint Cecilia’s Care Group, has challenged the government to debate the issues raised in a new TV documentary on social care, which aired last night.
The care leader, whose care homes in Scarborough feature in the two-part programme, Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls, has invited Health & Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid and Social Care Minister Gillian Keegan to debate its findings at a screening event on December 3.
Padgham (pictured) hopes the programme will prompt the government to tackle the pressures on the care sector, including the staffing crisis, rising occupancy rates and underfunding.
The care leader said: “By inviting the Secretary of State and Minister to the screening event we hope to open constructive dialogue, offer solutions and discuss the many issues that the two programmes show.”
The documentary was filmed at Padgham homes in the summer to provide an “immersive” view of social care.
Presented by former Labour politician Ed Balls, it highlights the realities of working in the care sector and questions the value the public and MPs place on the care of older and vulnerable people.
“Care providers are working extremely hard to provide the best possible care in a sector that has seen more than £8bn cut from funding since 2010,” Padgham said.
“Some 1.5m people are living without the care they need and we have 120,000 staff vacancies across the country. Things are only going to get worse.
“The staffing crisis has been exacerbated by Brexit robbing the sector of overseas job applicants and people finding other, less stressful and better paid work elsewhere.”
He continued: “The million people receiving care at home and in residential homes, the 1.5m who can’t get the care they need and our amazing staff all deserve better.
“If this documentary can help get the crisis in social care higher up the political agenda and bring about some positive change, it will have been well worth it.”