A care leader has warned more funding is urgently required for the social care sector following news that more support is being provided to the NHS.
The warning was issued by Melanie Weatherley MBE – co-chair of the Care Association Alliance, CEO of Walnut Care and chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association (LCA), after the government announced NHS Trusts in England will receive £300m to support against a possible second wave this winter.
Weatherley said: “Although we are pleased that NHS Trusts across England will receive £300 million in funding to fight a possible second wave of COVID-19, we are disappointed that social care has yet to receive a similar pledge. The sector’s need for additional funding is becoming very urgent, or we will be unable to sustain our support for society’s older and vulnerable people.”
The LCA chair highlighted that the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund was due to run out at the end of September, with the government yet to issue any confirmation of assistance after this date.
“Since July, I have been calling on Parliament for more support in the event of a second wave, so care providers will not be financially-impacted – or once again forced to rely on scarce resources,” Melanie said.
“Again, we are delighted that the NHS is receiving some much-needed funding, but we are asking that social care gets the same consideration, so we can be around to support them in taking care of those who need it most.”
Responding to the comments, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Throughout our response to this pandemic we have worked with the care sector and public health experts to put in place measures to reduce transmission and save lives.
“We know the social care system is under pressure, which is why we have funded a care home support package worth £600m and made a further £3.7bn available to councils to address challenges caused by the pandemic – including in adult social care.”