Prof Martin Green OBE, Care England

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One of the country’s leading professionals in the caring profession told us there was a need for a radical rethink over the way the care home issue is funded.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of the charity Care England, was the guest speaker at a meeting of Dover Rotary Club at The Ramada Hotel Whitfield on 4th May when he argued that today’s pensions must keep pace with price inflation. He explained that Care England provides a national voice for more than 3,500 independent care providers. He spoke about the difficulty in recruiting care staff, mainly because of pay which (he insisted) should be equal between those working in hospitals and those in care homes.

One of the issues about which he spoke was the “raw deal” experienced by care self-funders who, in effect, helped pay for the care of those who had not made the same financial provision. There was an urgent need for a national plan for integrated social care and he suggested such initiative would need to come from the tax-paying public because, he alleged, politicians would always scare away from taking positive action.

Professor Green, who represents social care on the European Council, denied he was seeking to increase taxation but rather for a better distribution of finance already raised by taxation. His host at the meeting was Past President John Paul of the Dover Rotary Club and the meeting was chaired by President Elect Dave Smith.