The Guardian view on recognising care work: a royal charter would help | Editorial

Royal colleges have been beneficial for doctors, nurses and other public health professions. The vocation of social care deserves the same status During the past week, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has been the butt of much-deserved criticism over the mishandling of the coronavirus crisis in care homes. On crucial issues, from testing for the disease to the provision of protective equipment to employees, the government’s response has been unacceptably sluggish and inadequate. Given that depressing backdrop, it was understandable that Mr Hancock’s unveiling of an NHS-style green badge for care workers was treated with a degree of derision. As one senior union official put it: “Our care workers need more than a badge and a pat on their head to define their precious role in society.” Continue reading...