8th April 2020
group of Independent Care providers, in a letter to the Prime Minister last
week (30th March) outlined the urgent need
for more staff to cover the increased demand on their services
and cover staff shortages caused by sickness and self‐isolation during the
Covid-19 outbreak which has, as of Saturday 4th April, now been passed.
As a result, furloughed
workers can now receive their 80% payment AND work in care
whilst getting paid for this at no penalty. Allowing the NHS and
social care providers to employ such people with no penalty.
Macklin, director of Macklin Care Homes who run six care homes as
well as Malone Lodge Hotel in Northern Ireland who was involved in this
initiative : “We are delighted that this important legislation has now been
passed, the social care sector have always
provided vital services within the community and care
homes and has never been more important than it is now.
welcomed action from our Government will now allow us to recruit more
staff to help us during a time when there is a huge increase in demand on our
staffing levels caused by sickness and those in self-isolation.
“This amendment will have an
immediate and significant positive impact on our staffing and our ability to
maintain the high level of care we all currently provide across Northern Ireland.
It will help us support our existing workforce’s health and wellbeing and
provide cover for the inevitable loss of staff to sickness and self‐isolation.
“Every care team across
Northern Ireland is showing a level of focus, dedication are doing an
incredible job under extreme pressure and this allows us to do everything we
can to support them.
such, we ask that the recognition and respect by many of the contribution by
the entire social care sector to the highest level, alongside where the NHS is
rightly held, is extended and recognised by everyone.
“I, alongside my
counterparts in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are delighted with this
amendment to the legislation meaning we can now get on with the important job
of staff recruitment to allow the elderly and vulnerable in our society to get
the care they deserve.”
Gareth concluded: “We need
people to start in these jobs straight away in addition to the
support from voluntary people and communities. We’ve roles available
across our own group, and indeed, as does the entire care
sector. Many of these roles need no experience – if you’ve the right
values, we can train you as would nearly every other care provider
across the country.”
If you have been furloughed and would like to apply for a job to make extra money and provide much needed help and support to the care sector then please visit www.macklincarehomes.com or alternatively search care jobs Northern Ireland.
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