Today, 5 October 2021, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid MP outlined his priorities to the Conservative Party conference.

In response, our chief executive Sam Monaghan commented: "Today’s speech from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has underlined the gap between political aspirations and the reality on the ground for people who need good quality care right now.

"Across the social care sector, the staffing crisis means fewer care places for older people. Even as a large charity, MHA was forced to close 10% of our care homes to new admissions on average over the past month, which means more older people are staying in hospital when they don’t need to be there.

"The Government needs to tackle this crisis now, by enabling more care workers from overseas to work in the UK using Skilled Worker visas, launching a national recruitment campaign, and funding a bonus to recognise the dedication of the care workforce. Without urgent intervention, the Secretary of State’s expectations of improved performance in the NHS cannot be met."

Our #FixCareForAll campaign is calling for adult social care to be a national priority. You can help make this happen. Take action today >

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