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Extra funding for social care in Wales described as ‘sticking plaster’

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The Welsh Government has announced £22.7 million in funding to help meet additional costs adult social care providers are incurring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money is addition to the £40 million the government made available to local authorities in April to assist the sector and will be available until the end of next month.

Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething said the funding will ensure adult social care providers can maintain their care in what “continues to be challenging circumstances”.

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But Care Forum Wales, which represents more than 450 providers across the country, said the extra money is only a “temporary sticking plaster”.

Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, said: “What we also need as a matter of urgency is a national action plan to implement fundamental long-term structural change to a broken and fragmented system.

“We cannot afford to wait until September to review the overall situation again. We need to start planning now so we can sustain the sector through this coming winter so that, crucially, care homes and nursing homes can support the NHS.

“We need to plan for the six-month period to get us through the winter when the pressure on the NHS is likely to be greater than they have ever seen and greater than we have seen during this pandemic.”

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