A care provider, whose homes appear in a new TV documentary on the crisis in social care, has challenged the Government to debate the issues raised in it.
The first episode of Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls aired on the BBC last night. Now Mike Padgham, whose Scarborough homes appear in the two-part documentary, has invited both Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Social Care Minister Gillian Keegan to meet and discuss the issues shown.
Mr Padgham allowed a crew into his nursing and care homes in Scarborough as part of the two-part BBC Two documentary on the challenges facing the social care sector. He hopes the programmes will prompt the Government to tackle the under-funding and staffing crisis in the care of our oldest and most vulnerable.
The crew filmed in Saint Cecilia’s Nursing Home and Saint Cecilia’s Care Home in Scarborough in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions during the summer, to provide an in-depth and ‘immersive’ view of the current state of social care.
Mike Padgham, Managing Director of Saint Cecilia’s Care Group said, ‘The documentary exposed a social care system in meltdown but now we need to hear what the Government intends to do to address the crisis.
‘To begin with, we want to see the Government delay the introduction of compulsory vaccinations for care staff until April as they have done for NHS staff.’
Mike Padgham added, ‘Care providers are working extremely hard to provide the best possible care in a sector that has seen more than £8bn cut from funding since 2010. Some 1.5m people are living without the care they need and we have 120,000 staff vacancies across the country. Things are only going to get worse.
‘If this documentary can help get the crisis in social care higher up the political agenda and bring about some positive change, it will have been well worth it.’
Mike Padgham is hosting an event to mark the documentary, which will include excerpts from both programmes and a question-and-answer session with presenter Ed Balls and the production team. He has invited the Secretary of State and Minister to attend, on 3 December.
A recent docu-drama called Help, which aired on Channel 4, followed the story of a Liverpool care home and how they reacted and worked with the onset of the pandemic. It shone a spotlight on the impact on the staff working through those challenging times and reinforced the importance of the role of care workers.
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