The government is failing to deliver on its commitment of deliver parity of esteem to health and social care workers, Care England says.
The largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care voiced its disappointment after the government offered to increase NHS nurse pay by 3% while only offering 2% for adult social care through the rise in Funded Nursing Care.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “Despite all the talk of parity and adult social care reform, this action by the Government merely confirms our fear that it still does not value both the NHS and adult social care in an equal manner. Such actions will not serve to assist the adult social care in meeting the 36% increase in its size necessary if the demand for the social care workforce grows proportionally to the projected number of people aged 65 and over.
“With a new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in position, we want to work with him to ensure that social care is once and for all understood and recognised.”
The Times reported last week that the 3% pay rise for NHS staff is likely to be paid out of the National Insurance increase that was earmarked for funding social care reform.
Boris Johnson was said to be looking to raise National Insurance in order to fund long-term reform of social care.