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Care homes could lose 8% of workforce as mandatory jabs come into force

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Care home providers have warned they could lose thousands of staff as a result of mandatory COVID vaccination that comes into force today.

With care home staff required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from today, a survey by the National Care Forum (NCF) has found providers fear losing around 8% of their staff as a result of the move.

Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the National Care Forum, said: “Our survey shows that the true cost of implementing this policy has been very high. It has absorbed a huge amount of time and energy of staff, which could have been better devoted to recruitment and the well-being of existing staff; it has instead had to focus on working through dismissal procedures.

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“91% of respondents said that they had required additional HR time and 93% said they had to run additional one-to-one sessions for staff to talk them through the policy and its implications, with 74% providing whole team briefings for their workforce.”

More than half of respondents to the survey (53%) said they had incurred additional costs for specialist legal advice to implement the policy.

In addition, the survey highlighted damage done to employee-employer relationships with 58% of respondents running disciplinary hearings and 40% managing appeals.

Commenting ahead of today’s enforcement, Nadra Ahmed OBE, Executive Chairman of the National Care Association, said: “We know the vaccine is a key component of our fight against the virus, but it needs to be recognised that the unintended consequence of it is that no staff, no care.

“Taking away our ability to retain experienced staff during the critical winter period shows a lack of understanding about the value of social care for those who access our services. The NHS will struggle to discharge out of the acute sector into safe environments where people can be supported at a critical time in their lives.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “Our message is clear: vaccines save lives and while staff and residents in care homes have been prioritised and the majority are now vaccinated, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to protect vulnerable people.

“We consulted and worked closely with the sector to encourage take up of the vaccine ahead of the deadline. Since the consultation was announced uptake of the first dose amongst care home staff has risen from 80% to 94%.

“We are working closely with local authorities and care home providers to ensure there will always be enough staff with the right skills to deliver high quality care.”

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  1. Its very un acceptable. The government shouldn’t put that type of pressure on care staff and the care homes. At the end of the day its OK for government to say no vaccine. No job. It will be the elderly who suffer and get neglected. no job. No home. No care. So Thankyou downing Street for making the elderly suffer yet again.

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