"A sorry indictment". SCIE response to survey

22 May 2020

A third of people are less likely to seek residential social care for their relatives as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, a poll today finds. Policy Exchange and Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) survey reveals a growing crisis of trust in the social care system as a result of COVID-19.

Social Care Institute for Excellence Kathryn Smith says:

What a sorry indictment of what’s happened to social care in just two months or so. This important survey reveals that there’s a crisis of trust in care homes in particular. We know that this has come about through inappropriate hospital discharges, lack of protective equipment and a lack of consistent testing. But 31 per cent of those polled said they were less likely to seek residential care for an older relative than before the COVID-19 crisis. I know that Policy Exchange and Institute for Public Policy Research want parties to agree a long-term funding settlement for social care and I would agree that this is vital. The message is clear: Intervention is needed now and in the long-term. This must be an opportunity for us to consider the future of residential care so that we take on board what people are telling us they want in the future, and then we can start to rebuild the trust that's been lost.

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