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The legal challenges facing social care providers in 2022

Social care providers have again faced a challenging year in 2021 and this year looks to hold more of the same, says the social care team at law firm Royds Withy King.

Here are the three things the social care sector will need to address in 2022.

A workforce crisis

Social care providers are facing one of the largest workforce crises in living memory and it is set to get worse, says Royds Withy King’s head of health & social care James Sage (pictured).

“It is estimated that the mandatory vaccination requirement for care home staff has resulted in 60,000 staff being dismissed. This will be exacerbated when the requirement is extended to the wider social care sector and the NHS with the pool of potential workers getting ever smaller.

“The government estimates that 123,000 NHS staff will be dismissed when its policy is enforced, and experience tells us that a short-staffed NHS will come hunting for workers in the care sector.

“In addition, staff retention continues to be a challenge with attrition rates currently standing over 30 per cent and for so

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