Trade unions have warned that a shortage of staff in the long-term care sector is contributing to the mental health crisis for workers and will be exacerbated if no action is taken.
Unison said the government “cannot cope” with increasing social care vacancies, putting staff at risk of increasing their mental health burden.
According to a survey, more than two-thirds (68%) of certified care workers have poor mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, and “a significant proportion” experience post-traumatic stress disorders. I found out.
Most said that their work contributed to the difficulties they were experiencing.
Staffing issues can be exacerbated by industry warnings that mandatory vaccine regulations could leave thousands of certified workers out of work.
Christina Macanea, Executive Director of Unison, said:
“The government’s commitment to funding mental health support is welcome, but it needs support now, not at unknown times in the future.”
The government’s plans announced last week included a £ 500m investment in staff, including commitments to professional development and mental health support.
Social Welfare Minister Liz Kendall said:
“Still, despite more than 100,000 vacancies in social care and growing concerns about the mental health of staff, the government has not offered a winter plan to resolve the crisis. We also do not provide immediate funding for.
“The only thing this government guarantees is a tax increase for hard-working care staff who are already undervalued.
“Unless urgent action is taken against this, it will only get worse.
“Staff continue to leave this sector, and older and disabled people are at risk of going without the necessary care.”