Starting from today, all care workers that have not been double vaccinated will be sacked. It is estimated that roughly 60,000 will lose their jobs as a result, with 20,000 having already resigned or been fired by their employer before the new law was applied. The Telegraph has more.
Industry leaders have repeatedly urged the Government to consider an “11th-hour reprieve” amid fears that the sector could lose up to 60,000 staff as a direct result of mandatory jabs.
However, a leading membership body has indicated that tens of thousands of staff may have already quit or been sacked as a result of the “chaotic” new rules, as the sector awaits the impact of the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) ‘no jab, no job’ policy on the final number of carers.
The National Care Forum (NCF), representing over 150 leading not-for-profit social care providers, surveyed its members and found that thousands of carers had already quit, and raised fears of the “human costs, financial costs and the loss in trust and goodwill amongst care staff and their employers as a direct result of this policy”.
The response from the member organisations, which support over 11,000 people, operate around 300 services and employ approximately 14,000 staff, found that 3.5% of carers had already left as a result of resignation or dismissal.
The survey, which covers the period between November 2nd to 8th, found that a further 4.4% might yet leave (including those who have self-certified for exemption or are currently seeking medical certification).
An extrapolation of the NCF figures suggests that if 3.5% of the current 550,000 carer workforce have already quit or been sacked, it means that as many as 19,250 may have already quit across the entire sector.
The NCF is not the only group concerned that thousands have already quit. Another leading industry body, which did not want to be identified, said the figure could be “even higher” than 20,000.
The NCF described the national rollout of the mandatory vaccine policy as “chaotic”.
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