Health and social care face unprecedented challenges
Even before the pandemic, the health and social care sectors faced significant workforce challenges. There is an ageing workforce, a shortage of skilled clinical workers, and not enough people entering the profession to meet the growing demand.
The pandemic took its toll on the healthcare profession more than any other. The requirement to self-isolate or quarantine, increased workplace stress, staffing shortages, and burnout have all added to the decline in staffing levels.
With the general population getting older and increasing chronic diseases, the demand for health and social care will only grow.