Calls for Covid-19 vaccine to be made mandatory condition of care home employment in Wales

There are growing calls to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for care workers working in care homes in Wales as a condition of their employment to protect residents from the virus.

The plea from Care Forum Wales was given added momentum after the Department of Health and Social Care in England announced they were looking at plans to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all care home staff.

Care Forum Wales chair Mario Kreft believes care homes are duty-bound to do everything in their power to protect their residents and staff and believe care homes should be allowed to "refuse to recruit anybody" who has not been vaccinated.

With experts predicting a third wave, Mr Kreft says it would be a “big mistake to think we are out of the woods” just yet.

22 Apr 2021

Cancer patient marries partner in Derby care home ceremony

A man with incurable cancer has married his partner of 18 years after a ceremony at his care home.

Jeff Thomas has been living at Abbeydale Nursing Home in Derby since September after being diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in 2019.

The 72-year-old popped the question to Pauline Murray in March, and a special licence for the wedding was granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Pauline, also 72, said Jeff is her second "soul mate".

Mr and Mrs Thomas first met on a blind date in a pub nearly two decades ago after the death of Pauline's first husband Jack.

22 Apr 2021

Quarter of BCP care home staff are not vaccinated

A QUARTER of care home staff in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have not have a first Covid-19 vaccination.

And there are hundreds in the Dorset Council area in the same position.

Figures have been released after the launch of a five-week consultation on mandatory jabs following concerns about whether enough carers have been vaccinated to stop the virus spreading to residents.

But the move has provoked criticism from trade union Unison which said mandatory vaccinations could “backfire” and lead to a staffing shortage.

21 Apr 2021


Covid: Woman, 101, meets great-grandson for first time

A bed-bound 101-year-old woman has met her 14th great-grandson for the first time now lockdown rules have been eased.

Grace Emery, who lives at Redwalls Nursing Home in Northwich, Cheshire, has not been able to see her family since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Care home staff said six-month-old Xander was "full of smiles" when Ms Emery held him on Wednesday.

Xander's grandmother Pauline Hutchinson said it was a "very special milestone".

She said family visits to the care home during lockdown had been "impossible".

Staff who have cared for Ms Emery since she became bed-bound in 2019 said seeing her meet little Xander was a "precious moment".

21 Apr 2021

Care workers in South Yorkshire to be offered pay rise

The majority of care home workers across Barnsley are to be offered a pay rise above the national living wage in recognition of their ‘hard work during the pandemic.’

This outcome is a result of an agreement on fee levels between Barnsley Independent Care Home Association and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) and will see direct care workers receiving a minimum of £1 extra per hour, above the national living wage.

Aditya Jain of Panaceon Healthcare and a founding member of BICHA, said the association had worked closely with the council to bring the plan to fruition.

20 Apr 2021

Court ruling could save care homes charities and universities millions in VAT

A Supreme Court ruling means that organisations like care homes that have used leaseback arrangements will not be subject to retrospective VAT charges and could now save millions of pounds say leading tax and advisory firm, Blick Rothenberg.

Alan Pearce, VAT partner at the firm said: “ This is great news for owners and operators of new relevant residential properties (such as care homes and student accommodation) and certain properties used for a relevant charitable purpose.

20 Apr 2021
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