A leading south coast care home operator fears it will have to sack staff who don’t have the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mandy Kittlety, managing director of LuxuryCare, said it was “heartbreaking” to consider parting with staff who had stayed loyal throughout the pandemic, the Bournemouth Echo reported.
“It’s a real dilemma for all of us in social care because in our hearts is this desire to make sure that everybody we care for is safe and we do know that being double vaccinated will hopefully reduce the spread of this horrendous virus,” Mandy said.
“But on the other side of things as a company we’re really concerned about our staff team.”
LuxuryCare founder and former chairman of the Dorset Care Homes Association, Kevin Gunputh, said up to 30% of staff could be affected at some care home providers.
“Employment rights seem to be a thing of the past,” he commented.
A Department of Health and Social Care Spokesperson said: “Vaccines save lives and while staff and residents in care homes have been prioritised and the majority are now vaccinated, we need to do everything we can to keep reducing the risk for the most vulnerable.
“Through our extensive public consultation we have listened to the experiences and concerns of providers and people living and working in care homes to help shape our approach.
“We continue to work with the care sector to drive uptake among adult social care and care home staff to protect vulnerable people.”