The majority of unvaccinated care workers who fear losing their jobs as a result of mandatory vaccination ruled did not receive the jabs due to poor working conditions, a University of Sheffield study reveals.
It is well-known that the working conditions and pay for care workers are exceedingly poor and I can quite believe that these are some reasons why some care workers did not get vaccinated, no sick pay being another valid reason. These areas need to be rectified, but this is again down to the Government, yes, the same Government who introduced this no vaccination policy.
Why is it down to Government, well Social care is mainly financed by Local Authorities, (LAs) paying Care Service Providers so they in turn can pay their care workers. But to do this LAs rely to a large extent on the Government Grants they receive to finance Social Care and many other areas under the control of LAs. But since 2010 LAs were subjected to austerity cuts by successive Tory Governments, for 10 years to force them to make saving where in most instances there were not savings to be made, except by reducing funding for essential services with social care being made. LAs had to make many redundancies within their own workforces meaning services to residents where also reduced and maybe even cost much more.
Currently these cuts have not been dealt with by this Government in reimbursing LAs for all the funding, which in my view was taken away without due consideration on how services would be continued, So with costs increasing to inflation as well as salary increases with regards to at least increases in the National Living Wage, which were required, but it is not in any way a ‘Living Wage’ for from it and taxable as well, surely the Tax free allowances should be as the National Living Wage.
Now we see from the University of Sheffield study this austerity legislation and the inability or down-right refusals to reimburse these cuts is leading to persons not complying with other legislation from this Government re COVID vaccinations.
Care workers, especially in Care Homes have been considerably let down by this Government, letting COVID patient be discharged from hospitals is but one let down. But it is not just care workers who have been let down, but also the persons in need of care and also their families.
MPs are saying they can’t exist on their salaries, which are far in excess of those for care workers. There is already a large insufficiency of care workers and this will only make matters worse.
Not only that, but the problems in social care caused by the Government are also affecting the NHS for people are becoming more sick and hospitals are having bed shortages as there is not the availability of aftercare for persons who could be discharged from hospitals.
Care is interrelated within health and social care for one can’t exist without the other.
Hospitals are again in crisis, but this Government is still unwilling to reintroduce mandatory wearing of face covering and social distancing, surely the least this Government should do.
This Government is failing in all areas, is it a ‘Nero Government’, Emperor Nero was supposed to have ‘fiddled while Rome burnt‘. well it is looking like it is fiddling something or is that just ‘Boris’.
Social Care needs much more additional funding and while I agree everyone in all aspects of front-line care should be vaccinated, is mandatory really the only way.