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Care providers ask for doubled fees to care for people discharged from hospitals | Social care

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Care providers ask for doubled fees to care for people discharged from hospitals | Social care

Care providers are demanding double the usual rates to care for thousands of people who need to be discharged from hospitals to alleviate the crisis in the National Health Service.

Care England, which represents the largest private care home providers, said on Sunday it wanted the government to pay them £1,500 a week per person, citing the need to pay care workers more and hire rehabilitation specialists to that people languishing in the hospital can eventually be sent. house.

The rate is about double what most local authorities currently pay for nursing home beds, an amount that Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, described as “inadequate”.

The lawsuit comes amid reports that Health Secretary Steve Barclay will announce this week a plan for the NHS to spend several hundred million pounds buying care beds to clear wards.

The money would come on top of the £500m earmarked for social care in the autumn statement, though when asked on BBC Sunday with laura kuensberg show how much of that had been distributed so far, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was unable to answer.

“It has to be at least £1,500 a week,” said Green, who represents most of the largest for-profit chains. “You need to bring in more staff to manage people’s recovery patterns and you may need to separate discharged residents into a separate unit.”

He warned that if funding for discharge beds were left to councils paying their usual rates “it won’t work” but said higher rates would still be cheaper than keeping people in hospital awaiting discharge. .

The lack of available capacity in the social care system of many of the 13,000 people languishing in theaters. The delay is seen as a cause of traffic jams in emergencies and emergencies. However, other care operators are reporting vacancies and are baffled that their beds are not being used to relieve congestion.

Nadra Ahmed, president of the National Care Association, which represents the smallest independent care operators with some 32,000 beds, said: “I get message after message from people saying they have capacity but are not being contacted. One vendor said they don’t know what’s going on because they’re usually 100% working [capacity at this time of year] but they are 80%”.

She said there appeared to be a “communication glitch.” The additional funding would be welcome, she said, and would help provide more positions and “would be used to recruit adequately to the level of staff that we are not going to lose at Sainsbury’s.”

There are 165,000 vacancies in the social care sector in England. The average wage for a care worker is £9.50 an hour, below that of a rookie NHS healthcare assistant, McDonald’s team member or Amazon picker.

Sunak refused to answer whether he would work as a caretaker for £18,000 a year when asked by Kuenssberg. Asked if he could ever fix the problems in social care when care workers earned well below the average salary, he replied: “There are a variety of different things to make sure that people in social care feel valued and part of that is actually giving them a sense of qualifications, training and career development and a sense of career progression…it’s not just about how much people are paid.”

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