Responding to the Nuffield Trust's analysis on the social care workforce, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“The incoming government is faced with a choice: fix social care with a long-term plan and significant investment, or continue to fail our nation’s most vulnerable people.
“All the main parties have made promises on social care, and this new analysis from the Nuffield Trust shows us the scale of the challenge if those promises are to be kept, and if vulnerable people are not to suffer further.
“Everyone knows about the staffing crisis in the NHS, but less attention is paid to the social care workforce, where vacancies are even more significant. The incoming government needs to deliver a sustainable social care system, and this must include a new workforce strategy that helps fill the major gaps we have in the supply of care workers.”