Working time rules will cost homes up to £4,000 a year

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

A survey carried out by Pay & Workforce Research (PWR) shows that nursing and residential care homes are likely to face increased costs of as much as £4,000 a year as a result of the Working Time Directive. The survey, carried out late last year, gathered information from more than 200 nursing homes, residential homes, hospices and private hospitals. PWR consultant Amanda Macey said that while the proportion of long term care employees who worked over the 48-hour/week limit was very small, key elements of the directive, which came into force last October, were haviong a much greater impact on care providers. “The directive says that where organisations employ staff on night shifts, they should be offered a free health assessment. This means that where staff take up the offer, the employer will have to pay,” Ms Macey said. “Those in our survey told us that these assessments typically cost around £50 per individual. Based on the survey figures, this means that the average cost of providing these assessments c

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