[2020] Motion 03 The coronavirus pandemic and health and social care managers

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Congress commends the actions of health and social care managers during the coronavirus pandemic. Congress notes that they kept services going, helped reduce infection rates, and saved lives. Managers in Partnership found that more than 20 per cent of their membership worked more than 20 hours of unpaid overtime a week for many months during the height of the crisis, earlier this year, and many now face consequences as a result of their service, an impact on their physical and psychological health from contracting coronavirus in their workplace, and an increase in stress-related conditions from working long hours to ensure services did not collapse.

Congress notes that despite these efforts, which should be both commended and recognised, health and social care managers have been forced to operate in a hostile political environment where they are often seen as convenient scapegoats for decisions made at the ministerial level.

Congress therefore calls on the TUC to:

i. campaign for a public inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic that is focused on learning and identifying areas for improvement

ii campaign for a fair and reasonable social care settlement – the focus of the government should not be on a major NHS reorganisation when the social care system is on the brink of collapse after suffering decades of neglect

iii. lobby the government to create an accurate picture of what happened during the first wave of the pandemic, especially the impact on BME communities, from significant scientific and social research.



  • Add new sub-paragraph iv.:
    “iv. campaign for agreements to be put in place to pay overtime (where this is not currently contractual) to health and care managers during the coronavirus pandemic.”

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