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GMB union to meet with Surrey care provider to discuss job losses

Posted on October 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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There will be a meeting next week between GMB and Prospect Housing and Support Service on consultations for redundancy due to financial problems at the organisation.

The union says that in 2013, Prospect harmonised the terms and conditions of staff saying the resultant savings had been required by Surrey County Council with some employees losing up to £16,000 per year. GMB took claims to an Employment Tribunal. Earlier this month the Tribunal ruled that an employer is not entitled to harmonise terms and conditions simply to remain competitive or tackle funding reductions and reversed the cuts.

Prospect Housing and Support Services provides care and support services to vulnerable adults with learning disabilities within East and South Surrey. The company operates 12 community residential homes for clients with disabilities and mild mental health issues. Care staff had been compulsorily transferred from the … Read More »


Department of Health needs to focus on care as well as diagnosis

Posted on October 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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National provider representative body Care England has made an oblique criticism of the announcement that GPs are to be given extra funding to diagnose dementia.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, while any increase in the diagnosis of dementia was welcomed, the bigger issue was the underfunding of social care.

“The care sector is constantly being challenged to improve quality but the Government refuses to put more money into delivering care,” said Prof. Green.

“In many areas local authorities are paying less than £5 an hour for high-level, quality care and we are constantly told there is no more money in the system.

“However, the Government has found money to fund GPs to make a diagnosis and ignored funding care providers properly to deliver the vital support that is necessary after that diagnosis is delivered.”


Too much variation in care quality, says regulator

Posted on October 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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In its fifth annual report on the state of health and care services in England the Care Quality Commission says variation in the quality and safety of care in England is too wide and is unacceptable.

In releasing the report, CQC chief executive David Behan said findings from inspections over the last year had clearly shown there was too much variation in quality and safety between services and within services.

“People need to have confidence that they will get good care,” said Mr Behan.

“ Our role is to identify what works well and why, and what doesn’t work, and use this information to drive improvement and close the gap.

“We acknowledge the rising pressure on care services. Financial pressures are real but not unexpected, and yet we continue to see many examples of good and outstanding care even in financially challenged … Read More »





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