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£23 Million Social Care Investment ONLY for Private Care Sector NOT NHS!

Recently Health Minister Robin Swann announced a £23 million investment for social care to help with domiciliary care pay with the aim of creating well paid, attractive jobs. In theory the Department of Health are hoping this will lead to mass recruitment and more discharges from hospitals, eventually easing the pressure on our strained NHS.

A Clanrye News and Sport investigation can now reveal that the £23 million pound investment (which is very welcome in these tough times) will only be availed by the private sector.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health stated:

“The £23m package relates only to Independent sector providers of domiciliary care and the wider social care sector. The Department is working with the Health and Social Care Board to get the funding out to the sector as soon as possible and has notified the Board that the uplifts should be backdated to 1st November 2021.”

We asked the Department does this investment include NHS domiciliary care staff?

The Department of Health added:

“In regards to staff employed directly by the Health and Social Care Trusts, these pay rates are set by Agenda for Change. Banding of all Agenda for Change roles, including those within domiciliary care, is determined by the duties and responsibilities of a particular role assessed in partnership with Trade Unions using an agreed job evaluation scheme. The banding of job roles within individual trusts will reflect the duties and responsibilities associated with particular posts. 

The Department will be implementing this year’s substantive pay award for all Agenda for Change staff including Domiciliary Care workers.  This will be a 3% consolidated pay increase on all AfC pay points, backdated to 1 April 2021 and ensures pay parity with England is maintained. In addition to headline pay rates, HSC Domiciliary Care staff also enjoy significant wider benefits stemming from their AfC Terms and Conditions.”

We also asked the department for a breakdown of the £23 million investment and where it has been spent; to date we have no response.

Furthermore we asked the Southern Trust for a response; to date they referred us to the Department of Health with no response on the initial question.

More as the story develops.

ENDS

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