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

Employee seriously burned. Empty & clean the commercial oil fryer in the kitchen.

We recognise that the item below was in a Hotel, but the messages are just as related to social care — it makes you shudder when you read it that this can still happen.

Holiday Inn Express, Dunstable fined for health and safety breach.
A serious health and safety breach at the Holiday Inn Express in Dunstable has seen the responsible parties have to pay fines and costs totalling £16,830.
Employee was instructed by a manager to empty & clean the commercial oil fryer in the kitchen.
He picked up the filled container & was immediately burned from oil melting through the thin plastic container that had been
provided for the job.
The individual dropped the container onto the floor, slipped and fell into the hot oil, receiving second & third degree burns to the arms, legs & torso, covering approximately 10% of the body.
As a result, the employee is physically scarred & has not worked since, subsequently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, in the same year, the individual was working whilst an armed robbery took place at the hotel.



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 leaders call for a professional register of care workers.

Care leaders call for a professional register of care workers.

A multinational care forum has called for a professional register for care workers in England, in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The panel of care leaders says registration of care workers needs to be adequately funded and carefully implemented.
Five Nations Care Forum Communiqué.
The Five Nations Care Forum, which comprises leaders of care associations in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern
Ireland & the Republic of Ireland
has made three other recommendations, following a recent meeting:

Leaders of care associations in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met in London on 4 & 5 October 2021, for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Read More


Care home owners fined £1m over death of resident scalded in bath.

The owners of the home, Aster Healthcare Ltd, were charged with corporate manslaughter following an investigation by  police & HSE staff after a resident died after suffering burns at Birdsgrove nursing home in Bracknell in 2015,
The Guardian reported.

They admitted the charge when they appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The sentencing concluded with the huge fine of £1.04m against the company & suspended prison sentences for the manager of the home & one of the staff who         supervised the bath time.
Aster Healthcare Ltd, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey was  fined £1.04 million to be paid over three years.  Read More