Call for national register of care assistants
Evidence that care assistants are concealing past misdemeanours from new employers is fuelling demands for a national register. Action to weed out workers with a record of offences is being urged in a House of Commons motion headed by Labour MP Derek Wyatt. The Labour MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey said he became concerned after investigations by the East Kent Gazette, showed care homes had little chance of checking out job applicants. Mr Wyatt said it was evident care home owners had only limited opportunities to identify those applicants involved in previous misdeeds. Establishing a national register of care workers and assistants would, he said, have a double benefit for the industry – raising standards of care while preventing “unsuitable individuals” getting back into the profession or continuing to work in it.