NAO Criticises Government on Health and Social Care Record

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of social care has given its support to the latest report from the National Audit Office The Adult Social Care Workforce.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“The NAO’s report provides yet more evidence that the social care system is fit to burst and that the Government is not doing enough to support the social care workforce. Workforce is the most valuable asset to care providers and they need to be able to support, develop and pay them appropriately”.  

The National Audit Office published its report on 8 February.  It recommends that the Department of Health and Social care produces a robust national workforce strategy with the support of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  Furthermore it suggests that the DHSC should invest more to enable commissioner to set appropriate fees for providers so that they can pay staff adequately and afford to offer career development and training opportunities. 

Martin Green continues:

“No more reviews, no more consultations; let Government press ahead with all the necessary partners, to provide some much needed direction to a sector that is struggling”.


 Notes to editors:

  1. Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
  2. Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care.  A Care England survey in July 2017 noted that 45% of providers are projecting to take on less Local Authority placements over the next 3 years due to low rates being paid by councils
  3. For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email