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Documentaries tackle social care issues

The BBC has tackled the issue of social care – and in particular the lack of staff and funding – in two sister programmes, Panorama and Week In Week Out (in Wales).

Filming behind the scenes with care workers, reporter Sian Lloyd meets domiciliary care company owners struggling to recruit carers because they can't afford to pay them enough, while others are handing back council contracts because they can't make the numbers work. At the heart of this crisis are the people waiting for care – many of them in NHS beds, fit to go home, but unable to be discharged until a home-care package can be found.

The two documentaries – Britain’s Home Care Crisis (Panorama) and The Real Cost Of Care (Week In Week Out) – are both available on the BBC iPlayer.