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'Groundbreaking' APPG report on social care workforce

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04 Sep 2019
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GMB, the union for care workers, has responded to today’s inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Care

The cross-party group has published a series of recommendations, including the establishment of a new national care body for England with NHS affiliation, a reformed and accredited Care Certificate with a gateway to career development and a programme for workforce training.

GMB has tens of thousands members working in care across the UK.

The union commissioned a report as part of its submission to the APPG inquiry ‘Professionalisation At Work in Adult Social Care’ by Dr Lydia Hayes, Dr Eleanor Johnson and Alison Tarrant

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Kelly Andrews, GMB National Officer for Care, said:

“Today’s groundbreaking cross-party report is very welcome – especially after seeing the long-awaited social care green paper kicked into the long grass over and over again.

"It’s encouraging to see politicians of all stripes putting forward a bold plan to fix a care sector that is crumbling around our ears. 
 


“Our highly skilled members working in care are undervalued and underpaid – GMB has been campaigning to professionalise the sector for many years.

“Care workers’ skills and knowledge must be recognised – we need a national council to lay the foundations for a standard framework for training.

"That is a first steps towards a national social care body to establish national bargaining of terms and conditions of employment.

"GMB has continuously warned underfunding and lack of professionalisation is killing our social care sector - we need investment and a step change in care. 

"The time for talking is over - now is the time for action.”

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