Damian Green, the former First Secretary of State, said Britain’s care system was at risk of collapse unless care workers were paid as much as nurses.
Mr Green, the chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on adult social care, said the country desperately needed more care staff and the only way to achieve that was pay parity with NHS nurses.
The Royal College of Nursing wants an increase of 19 per cent, and is set to hold further strike action.
The RCN said the average wage of a UK nurse was £33,384, while the average care worker earns around £23,000. Care workers, most of whom are employed by private firms, have not decided to go on strike.
Anyone even vaguely acquainted with market mechanisms – no strikes, see? – will realise that low pay among care workers is not an urgent problem. And that a 50% pay rise might well be something of an over reaction.
But then this is a Tory MP…..