GMB calls on government to act over care worker shortage

The GMB is demanding immediate action after shock figures showed a third of care workers leave the profession ever year.

The disturbing new figures were published yesterday as part of a new study by the Office for National Statistics and reveal care workers had the lowest one-year retention rate for public sector occupations in 2016/17 at just 67% – a sharp fall from a retention rate of 79 per cent in 2012/13.

GMB national secretary Rehana Azam said: “Our care sector is in the midst of a staffing crisis. It’s no wonder our carers are leaving in droves when they are underpaid, over worked and driven to despair by the government’s austerity experiment.

“If the Conservatives continue to devalue the workforce and fail to recognise the need to professionalise them, we will have no one left to look after our most vulnerable.”

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