Strike ballot to be launched for CQC workers

Staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are to be balloted ​over possible strike action after being given no pay rise this year ​despite the significant rise in the cost of living, says UNISON.

The workers provide an essential public service ensuring health and ​social care ​organisations in England meet safety standards and deserve to be fairly paid, the union says.

CQC staff – who ​inspect, monitor and regulate hospitals, care homes, GP and dental surgeries, as well as ambulance and mental health services – have endured years without a significant pay rise, and since the start of 2010 the value of their wages has fallen by almost 20%, ​says UNISON.

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HSE enforcement action prompts warning- lack of “Face Fit” testing.

HSE enforcement action prompts warning to health and care providers on COVID-19 respiratory protective equipment.

HSE has announced that it has taken enforcement action against an NHS Trust in relation to a lack of “Face Fit” testing for respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the early days of the pandemic.
Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust was providing RPE to its staff for certain procedures, but HSE’s investigation found that not all persons had received adequate Face Fit testing to ensure that the RPE was sealed to the wearer’s face.

The investigation was conducted after the tragic death of FGH radiographer Simon Guest from the virus in April 2020.  Read

care home provider fined £495,170 failing to provide safe care

Cheltenham care home provider ordered to pay £495,170 after failing to provide safe care & treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £495,170 after it failed to protect residents from avoidable harm.
Lifeways Community Care Limited, which operated Alstone House Cheltenham,
It was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge &  £35,000 costs to the CQC which brought this prosecution.
Alstone House was a residential care home that  supported adults who had physical disabilities,
learning disabilities and some who had acquired brain injuries. Read

HSE launches Working Minds campaign

HSE launches Working Minds campaign to encourage employers to promote good mental health in work.
Work-related stress and poor mental health risk becoming
a health and safety crisis for Great Britain’s workplaces, the regulator has warned.

While the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to be fully understood, mental health issues are the number one reason given for sick days in the UK.
Last year more than 17 million working days were lost as a result of stress, anxiety, or depression.
A recent survey by the ……. Read more


Care provider fined for failing to manage risk of service user.

The Action Group, who provides support to children & adults, has been fined £20,000 after HSE investigated how risks to staff were assessed, in the wake of an attack on an employee by one of its service users.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that a female employee of the Action Group was abducted, assaulted, sexually assaulted and raped in 2018 while visiting the home of a male service user to provide support and care.

The group was fined £20,000. Read More


Nottinghamshire care provider fined after woman was raped.

A care provider has been fined £363,000 after it failed to protect people it cared for from sexual assault.

The care company, which cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to failing to protect a woman who was resident at a care home it runs in Nottinghamshire from abuse & improper treatment.
This resulted in her being sexually assaulted.

It also pleaded guilty to exposing the home’s other residents to significant risk of avoidable harm by failing to safeguard them from the risk of abuse.

The company was also ordered to pay £12,441.28 costs to the CQC, which
prosecuted these criminal offences.



Unregistered gas fitter fined for dangerous installation of range cooker at care home

A fitter has been fined following a gas leak from a newly fitted range installed in a North Devon residential care home.

The court heard that in December Mark Whitham undertook the installation of the new gas range cooker after damaging the existing gas cooker whilst fitting out  a new kitchen.
Over the next 24 hours staff at the care home experienced problems with the operation of the cooker & contacted their usual Gas Safe Registered engineer.
He found a substantial gas leak from the gas supply connection to the cooker.

An investigation by the HSE found that Mr Whitham was not registered with the Gas Safe Register.
He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for each offence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to undertake 120 hours unpaid work  &costs of £2,000