Agency welcomes postponement of CRB checks

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

Healthcare agency Abacus Care, has welcomed the Government¹s postponement of checks on care home staff. The Liverpool-based Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) has been widely criticised for not being able to manage and carry out the checking of more than 300,000 nursing and care home staff. Regulations under the Care Standards Act 2000 say staff working in care homes who were already in their present posts on April 1, 2002 had to complete a CRB disclosure check by the end of next March. Now they have until 2004 to complete the checks ­ and the precise date has still to be announced. Abacus Care director Nigel Fielding said the postponement had come as a relief to many people in the sector who feared that care homes would have to close as a result of the backlog. “Of course, the postponement is only a temporary solution and it is up to the Government and the CRB to ensure that we never get into the same situation again,” said Mr Fielding. “In a way the CRB has suffered as a result of unachievable targets set by t

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