Leigh Redman backs UNISON’s national care service campaign

“I strongly believe that the UNISON campaign offers a promising starting point for this necessary change”

Leigh Redman, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Bridgwater and Burnham, has added his support to UNISON’s campaign for a new national care service.

UNISON wants a new service based on high quality care and a fairly rewarded workforce. The union believes the reforms would put an end to 15-minute home care visits, long waits for care packages, and low wages for staff.

A national care service would also mean the quality of care is of the same high standard, no matter where in the country it was being provided, says UNISON.

UNISON is calling on every candidate who has been selected to stand in English parliamentary seats at the next general election to sign up too.

On commiting to the pledge, Leigh Redman said: “Our care system is in dire need of reform. I strongly believe that the UNISON campaign offers a promising starting point for this necessary change.

“The dedicated staff who work tirelessly to help people maintain independent lives deserve improved conditions and support. I am proud to stand behind the UNISON campaign.

“If elected as the MP for Bridgwater, Burnham, and the surrounding villages, I pledge to advocate strongly for a better care system that prioritises quality and support for both staff and those in need.”

UNISON South West regional secretary Kerry Baigent said: “Social care is broken. The current fragmented and privatised system is unfit to meet the needs of everyone who needs support. But a better way is possible.

“Care workers are the beating heart of a system that should be able to look after everyone’s loved ones with compassion and kindness. But without the cash or sufficient staff, the sector is struggling to deliver, putting unbearable pressure on the NHS and families.

“If the country is to have a care service of which it can be truly proud, care workers must be valued, recognised and rewarded as the skilled professionals they are.”