On 28 September, the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board met to discuss plans to change Drumbrae Care Home to a hospital based complex clinical care unit (HBCCC) and to close the NHS-run community hospital at Ferryfield.
The Council trade unions organised demos throughout the day with the support of community activists and Labour councillors. Once again, Unite gave a deputation to the EIJB to speak out against cuts to publicly owned-residential care homes, the unaccountable nature of the EIJB and the lack of consultation with staff, residents and citizens. Watch Unite’s deputation in the Council’s webcast or read it below.
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City of Edinburgh Council and employment agencies must:
allocate agency workers shifts in the same care setting during COVID-19
strictly monitor where agency staff are working
implement effective workforce planning, including increased staffing to cover absence
provide all staff with appropriate PPE, that is fitted for the individual
City of Edinburgh Council must commit to a post-COVID-19 review of the use of agency staff with a view to creating permanent roles.
Mary Alexander, Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite, commented
I have written to the Council about asking for a review of procedures and a plan of action to keep all workers (including agency workers) and residents in care homes safe. This is particularly important given the increasing numbers of care home residents dying with Covid related illness and the fatalities among care workers.