An industry body has warned that hundreds of care homes could face closure once it becomes compulsory for staff to be double jabbed.
As many as 500 providers may have to close their doors due to having unsafe staffing levels as unvaccinated workers quit or lose their jobs, it’s feared.
This would leave thousands of vulnerable residents needing a new care home, with the sector already under enormous pressure.
The Government estimates 40,000 staff will be lost from care homes after this Thursday’s deadline for them to be double jabbed, but NHS data suggests there could be more than 60,000 who hadn’t had a second dose of COVID 19 vaccine by the end of October.
Mike Padgham, chairman of the Independent Care Group, who’s worked in the sector for 30 years, said the deadline for care staff to be double vaccinated could see up to 500 homes across England having to close their doors because they don’t have enough staff to operate safely.
He said that if that happens, it begs the question of where thousands of residents will go, as they can’t go to hospitals and they can’t go to their own homes without care.
A comparable legal requirement for NHS staff to be double jabbed will only come into force from April.
Professor Martin Green, head of Care England, which represents care homes, claimed that ministers like to test out dubious policies on social care and treat the service like the child they’re irritated with, while the NHS is the favoured child.
A survey of care workers by the union Unison found 97 per cent already say their homes have staff deficits, and about one in three say staffing levels are seriously low and getting worse.
One of the 746 staff surveyed said that the dying aren’t dying with dignity as there’s not enough staff to sit with them in their final hours, and another said that staff morale was extremely low, and it was said that everyone was tired and fed up, that the care was awful, and there was no time for nail care, proper washing, or having a chat with the residents.
Mike Padgham, whose Independent Care Group represents providers in York and North Yorkshire, said that the Government has deferred the deadline for compulsory vaccination in the NHS because the winter’s going to be tough, but it will be tough for them too.
Now we can blame the Government for not only the deaths in care homes when 24,000 elderly patients were booted out of hospitals straight into care homes where it decimated them, but we can now also blame them for the deaths that will be caused because of a shortage of staff to look after the elderly, and the irony is that the jabbed can still spread COVID, and this Government already knows that but are continuing with their madness.
This is more about coercive control than COVID concern, along with hammer, sickle and syringe, and care home residents will find themselves without care shortly and also without a place to call home.
Care workers and hospital staff were last years hero’s, now they’re this year’s unemployed, and the Government are hypocrites, and a person has the right to choose whether they want to be jabbed or not, their body, their choice and no one should be coerced into anything they don’t want. After all, you wouldn’t force someone into having a medical procedure and this is dictatorship.
And these people in care homes who will ultimately have no care, will also have no homes because they’ve had to sell their homes to pay for their care, and many have no family, so what does the Government propose will happen to these residents when the care homes close?