A £23 million aid package has been announced for the social care sector.
The funding will enable employers to offer better wages and attract more staff to the home and care homes.
An escalating home care staff shortage in Northern Ireland has prevented caregivers from providing contracted home care packages.
This has contributed to the problem of delayed discharges in our hospitals.
Staff pressure continues to exist in nursing homes as well.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “This £23 million package has been developed through detailed collaboration with the sector and I am grateful for this collaborative approach.
“I am convinced that the funding will increase capacity in the social care sector.
“Obviously, there is a need for a longer-term solution, with multi-year budgets and a sustainable financial settlement of all care and welfare services.
“I will be launching a public consultation very soon on the future of adult social care.
“As I have said repeatedly, social care needs a long-term program of both investment and reform.
“While there are many competing demands on Northern Ireland’s public finances, this should be a priority for years to come
“We need to invest in human resources – to make social care a more rewarding job, both in terms of pay and career opportunities.”
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