Inquiry into social care funding gap and workforce shortages reopens


The Health and Social Care committee has reopened its inquiry into the gap in social care funding and workforce shortages.

The inquiry was paused in March to allow the committee to focus its efforts on the crisis posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The committee, chaired by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, is seeking evidence to establish what impact the current social care funding situation is having on the NHS and how much money is needed in each of the next five years to address this.

MPs will also consider shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead.

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Hunt said: “Social care is in urgent need of reform, not only to deliver the necessary funding, but to support our crucial social care workforce.

“Never has this been more apparent than during the pandemic, as social care staff work above and beyond to protect our most vulnerable people in a hugely challenging situation, with difficulties compounded by historical problems with funding and workforce – we heard this loud and clear at our most recent evidence session.

“The Committee is therefore today relaunching its inquiry into social care funding and reform, with slightly expanded terms of reference, and plans to begin taking oral evidence in June.”

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