Forcing care homes to sack staff who choose not to get vaccinated will create a staffing crisis that could put homes at risk of closing, warns Unison as the Government seems set to march on with its plans. “Staff… say they are heartbroken to have to leave the jobs they love,” says the union, the largest in social care. “However, many feel totally undervalued and bullying is the last straw for them.” GB News has the story.
Unison said ministers were “sleepwalking” into a disaster, and revealed an exodus of staff had already begun.
The union said the controversial mandatory vaccination rule for England was pushing thousands of workers to the brink of quitting care work ahead of the September 16th deadline to get their first vaccination or face losing their job.
Mandatory vaccination has been a “massive distraction” from the job of caring for people, diverting time and resources from employers and the Government, said Unison.
General Secretary Christina McAnea said: “Minister have been told repeatedly that using force instead of persuasion will fail, but they’ve not listened and now their ill-considered policy is backfiring. …
“The Government must scrap the ‘no jab, no job’ rule now. Widespread care home closures could be the consequence if they ignore the warnings.”
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