Turn back homecare clock, says the GMB union


Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Turn back homecare clock, says the GMB union

Caring Times, May 2017

GMB London, the union for care workers, commented on the BBC Panorama investigation that a funding squeeze has seen care contracts cancelled with 95 councils.

Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said “GMB has repeatedly warned that what BBC Panorama are reporting would happen as the funding given to councils to pay for social care has been cut leading to the closure of care homes and a crisis in the care of the vulnerable elderly.

“The crisis is the product of chronic underfunding by successive governments and society’s failure to face up to its responsibility to care for those who paid tax and national insurance all their lives in their times of need. The Government itself has the responsibility to fund the care of the elderly and other vulnerable adults.

“This is a false economy. It is giving rise to bed blocking in the NHS and a potential rise in the neglect of the most vulnerable elderly in our society. As well as more funding, councils should look at employing their own home help staff as was the case in previous years.”





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

The NHS and all that jazz

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Last week the National Health Service marked its 70th anniversary. The irony is that, when this all too human institution...

The bland leaving the bland?

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

The headline for an interview which Sir David Behan, the Care Quality Commission’s departing chief executive, gave to The Guardian...

IT comes to CQC

By guest blogger JOHN BURTON

This month, IT is coming to CQC in person. David Behan is leaving, and DB’s replacement is IT, Ian Trenholm...