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11 May 2020
Care home workers in Leicestershire are to be rewarded for their courage and sacrifice during this crisis with a pay cut and worsening conditions of service, writes Heather Rawling, Unison union member (personal capacity).
20 April 2020
My sister works as a carer in a local privately run care home. She has been worried sick over the policies for coronavirus not being implemented there
14 April 2020
Tory prime minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital on 12 April following treatment for Covid-19
25 March 2020
Boris Johnson has said that non-urgent operations will be cancelled, and people already in hospital sent home, to free up 30,000 general and acute beds in the NHS to accommodate coronavirus patients. According to Johnson, they will be released into the care of "community health providers".
22 November 2017
I am a 49-year-old woman who has been managing the progressive disease multiple sclerosis for 19 years. Shame on Capita! Shame on the Tory government!
14 December 2016
Councils may start seizing the homes of elderly people after death to pay care bills. Ministers are also considering letting local authorities charge more council tax to cover them. Councils should instead fight for more funding, and for care to be nationalised.
23 November 2016
I love my job, but things have changed. The home where I am now employed is run by a private company which appears to put profit before the safety and well-being of both staff and residents.
2 November 2016
Campaigners are demanding that Haringey's Labour council halts its programme of privatisation and cuts. After the cuts, the Ermine Road day centre will be the only council-run day centre for adults with learning disabilities left in the borough and the council plans to privatise it.
7 September 2016
Pregnant women and mums are "losing out" in the workplace, according to Citizens Advice. Working in the care sector, you might think women have it better. But further studies show women are still at a disadvantage in female-dominated workplaces.
26 January 2016
The privatised adult care service in Haringey, north London, replaced the public service when the council cut it.
15 July 2015
As people live longer, more and more are likely to need care services when they get older, writes Jean Thorpe, Nottingham Socialist Party.
15 April 2015
A Cardiff day care worker, and member of Unison, explains the demands of their important job, against a background of austerity cuts
21 January 2015
The privately run Parklands House care home in Rochdale was so bad that according to the Manchester Evening News: "Residents were seen sitting in soiled clothing, medication was left lying around and some patients were not receiving the right prescriptions."
2 October 2013
"I'm on less money than I was 15 years ago. It's very difficult... you worry about whether you're going to lose your home." Striking care worker Karen Shatwell, explained on TV why she was on strike
8 October 2008
Getting up at 6am to go to work is normal for a lot of people. This is what I did yesterday, so I was in time to start my shift at 7.45am. It's now 6am the following day and I am still at work...
21 June 2003
Carers, Friends (including Tony Booth!) and users of Gorse Hall day centre, Stalybridge, demonstrated at the Tameside town hall on 11 June against proposed cuts at their centre, writes Elaine Healey Manchester.
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