In this opinion piece for The BMJ, David Oliver, consultant in geriatrics and acute general medicine, highlights the findings of three recent reports into the growing crisis in social care:
- Falling short: How far have we come in improving support for unpaid carers in England? (The Nuffield Trust)
- The state of the adult social care workforce in England 2022 (Skills for Care)
- The Cost of Caring: Deprivation and Poverty among Residential Care Workers in the UK (The Health Foundation)
The reports evidence a lack of support for unpaid carers, growing vacancies in the sector and a high proportion of the residential care workforce living in poverty and food insecurity. David Oliver highlights that in spite of Government promises, there is still no feasible, future-proof plan to protect social care and its staff.