Owners plan protest march to Number 10

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Plans are afoot for an organised protest march to No. 10 Downing Street, to bring the plight of the long term care sector to the attention of of the Head of Government and to the notice of the wider society. Lesley Graves, a director of Springbank House Ltd which operates care homes in Derbyshire, said her company felt that a protest march may be the only way to “let the powers that be know that we are not able to continue to provide good quality care on the cheap”. “Funding of residential and nursing clients is grossly inadequate,” Ms Graves said. “The industry is facing ever increasing costs and every week more homes are finding it difficult to stay afloat. We need to be heard as an industry and make our feelings known to Mr Blair and his Government.” Ms Graves told Caring Times that staff at her company’s care homes had recently agreed to take a 15-minute unpaid break in order to avoid an increase in the wages bill and remain within the working time regulations. “We would like to pay our staff more but nex

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