GMB Union highlights attacks on care workers

Ahead of its annual conference, the GMB Union has released figures based on Freedom of Information Requests showing more than 6,000 attacks on care workers by violent residents in the last five years.

The Freedom of Information request was made by the GMB Union to the HSE in respect of attacks reported to the HSE.  Of those attacks, over 5,000 resulted in care workers having to take over seven days off work.

In publicising these statistics, the GMB notes that this figure of over 6,000 attacks on care workers is probably not necessarily representative of what care workers face on a daily basis – as these attacks reported to the HSE will be the ones only deemed serious enough to report.

Publicity surrounding these figures has stated that these high levels of attacks are symptomatic of understaffing in the care sector.

Further information can be found here:  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/09/6000-residential-care-workers-suffer-violent-attacks


jb-85-1.jpgWritten by Jennifer Johnston at BLM

 

Think tank proposes free personal care for the over 65s to be funded by tax rise

In light of the government’s promise to publish a Green Paper on social care, the Institute of Public Policy Research has proposed in a new report a 2p tax rise in order to fund free help for elderly.  This would include help with basic tasks such as getting up and eating, as well as funding full time care for complex needs such as dementia.

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Have things changed since Winterbourne View?

What the BBC and the CQC tell us about abuse of vulnerable patients

An undercover investigation by BBC Panorama (‘Undercover Hospital Abuse Scandal’ – 22 May 2019) revealed abuse of vulnerable patients at Whorlton Hall, an independent hospital for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs/autism.  Whorlton Hall was was previously part of the Castlebeck Group (which also ran Winterbourne View) and the Danshell Group.  In 2017 it received aGood’ rating from its regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), despite previous complaints.

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Australian elderly care under scrutiny

A Royal Commission is currently underway in Australia to examine “Aged Care Quality and Safety”.  The Commission began in October 2018, and aims to complete a final report by April 2020.  It has wide reaching aims to examine the quality and safety for the elderly living in residential care as well as living at home.  This will include examining whether care is substandard, whether there are any systemic failures and how best to deliver care using technology, investment in the sector/workforce and innovative models of care.

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“Care deserts” – a postcode lottery

A recent study commissioned by Age UK has revealed that more than one million people over the age of 65 live in areas – dubbed “care deserts” – where there are no residential care or nursing homes. Despite the 2014 Care Act introducing a national system of eligibility, it is still a postcode lottery leaving many older people without any support.

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NHS Procurement Rules under attack

An online campaign survey has revealed huge support for an overhaul of the current procurement requirements within the NHS and to free the NHS from overly rigid procurement requirements.

A survey run by 38 Degrees asked “to what extent do you agree that the law should be changed so that contracts to run NHS services no longer have to be put up for auction?” In response to this, 89% expressed that they strongly agreed.

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