MPs to debate social care reform in Parliament today

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MPs will debate how to support the social care sector during COVID-19 and beyond so that it has the same access as the NHS to operational and financial support.

The debate will take place today at 1.30pm and can be viewed live on Parliament TV using this link.

It comes after 44,000 people signed a petition last summer, calling for the social care workforce to be recognised as equally important to NHS staff.

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The petition calls for the government to regard social care as financially, publically and systematically on an equal part as the NHS.

Leaders including Sir Andrew Dilnot and former health secretary Jeremey Hunt have previously outlined their recommendations for a social care workforce strategy – or ‘people plan’ – that mirrors the blueprint for improving conditions for NHS staff.

They say a people plan should be implemented as soon as possible after the pandemic to ensure staff working in care homes and in the community – and the people they look after – are no longer “neglected and ignored by government”.

Labour MP Barbara Keeley MP will kick off today’s discussion.

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