Union consults its members over cameras in care homes
Caring Times, September 2014
GMB, the union for staff at HC-One, the third biggest care home provider in Britain, is carrying out a consultation on installing visible CCTV cameras in all of the company’s care homes.
Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer for the care sector, said cameras in care homes was a highly emotive subject which provoked understandably strong views.
“The care and safety of residents on the one hand and the rights to privacy of staff and residents on the other, are both very important and rightly raise strong feelings, such a big step therefore requires very careful consideration,” said Mr Bowden.
“HC-One has been the first major care home operator to consider the introduction of visible cameras in residents’ bedrooms and has wisely approached this with caution.
“GMB is in the process of talking to our 6,000 members in 227 HC-One care homes to seek their views as they are the experts in providing care to vulnerable and elderly people.”