A correction has been issued by the GMB union after it ‘named and shamed’ care home providers it claimed were not full paying sick pay to staff with COVID-19.
Having listed 14 care home providers it claimed were not issuing COVID sick pay, the GMB has now withdrawn the allegations in relation to Autism East Midlands, Advinia Healthcare, Sanctuary Group, Care UK and Runwood Homes. The GMB said the care providers had confirmed they pay full pay to staff who are absent from work following a receive a positive COVID-19 test; those who are contacted contracted by Test and Trace and thus are required to self-isolate; and those in self-isolation due to COVID symptoms.
In addition, the GMB said Bupa had confirmed it paid full sick pay to workers testing COVID positive.
The climb down came after the allegations were refuted by some of the providers listed.
A Care UK spokesperson told CHP: “If our colleagues have to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test, they are paid their normal pay for the period of isolation. Similarly, if a colleague is contacted by track and trace they receive full pay to isolate and if a household member develops symptoms, the Care UK colleague is paid their usual pay to self-isolate until either a test shows it was not COVID or the quarantine period is over.”
Care UK said it would be reviewing its policy over the next few months as the majority of its colleagues are vaccinated.
Bupa told CHP it had been falsely included on the list, adding: “Any of our people self-isolating with a confirmed case of COVID-19 receive full pay during their isolation period. In addition, we launched the Bupa COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund at the start of the pandemic providing non-repayable grants to colleagues who found themselves under financial strain. It offers payments of up to £500 that do not need to be repaid and colleagues can apply for multiple grants if they need. The fund is available to staff across all our care homes, and gives us the flexibility to support colleagues in a wide range of circumstances.”