Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kingsmill Report on Care of elderly & vulnerable

The Kingsmill review is fantastic news for the vulnerable and for care workers.  Need in my view to do more on Fair wages and training, enforced by sectoral pay boards but this report is a potential huge advance. Check out this Labour press release. 

Hat tip Red Terry.

"Baroness Denise Kingsmill's independent report into working conditions in the Care Sector has been published today. It was commissioned by Ed Miliband in September 2013.

The next Labour government will work with local authorities and care providers to end time-limited 15-minute visits that‎ mean older people can't get the care they need.

Ed Miliband has welcomed Baroness Denise Kingsmill's review into the impact of exploitative practices on the care of elderly and vulnerable people.

The report highlights that the sick, elderly and disabled people that rely on these services are increasingly facing care visits lasting just 15 minutes.
15 minutes is not long enough for people to get the help they need with bathing, cooking a meal, or taking medicines in a caring environment. Elderly people in nearly two thirds of areas are now facing 15-minute visits.

Care workers, who carry out some of the most important work anyone can do looking after parents, grandparents and the most vulnerable in our society, are often exploited with real consequences for those they care for.

Labour will strengthen the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage and end exploitation of zero hours contracts.

We will work with councils and care providers to raise standards in the industry and end time-limited 15-minute visits.

To download a copy of The Kingsmill Review: Taking Care please click here".

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