Socialist Worker

Capitalism doesn't care

Issue No. 2466

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog is receiving more than 150 allegations of abuse in adult care services every day, a new report has found.

Testimonies from CQC inspectors include harrowing reports of people being left in beds for hours after waking up. 

When inspectors left, one patient was heard shouting “Help me please” from their room. 

The right wing press has tried to pin the blame on workers—but the report makes it clear that the system is failing.  

CQC social care chief Andrea Sutcliffe said that social care was under “stress and strain”, partly due to more people using it. But she also explained that the funding had a big impact on quality. 

Council bosses themselves admit that they have slashed £4.6 billion from social care in the last five years—and now the Tories are coming for even more.

But the problem is bigger. The nature of the job with its huge workloads, lack of support, long hours and low pay crushes people who want to care.

Capitalism’s relentless drive for profit turns everything into a commodity—including our ability to work. 

It relies on us to keep the profits flowing—then discards us when we’re no longer useful to it. 

This devalues social care—and doesn’t allow workers to care properly.  To stop such abuses, we need a society that puts people before profit. 


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