Every cut in care makes the NHS bleed
Another Edinburgh is Possible is hosting an online public meeting on the crisis in care in Edinburgh on Saturday 4 March at 3pm. We’ll hear from
- Nick Kempe on the the roots of the problems with social care in Scotland
- a care worker
- a nurse.
There will be lots of time for contributions and discussion.
Register for the Crisis in Care meeting
See the Crisis in Care Facebook event
Find out more about Another Edinburgh is Possible at anotheredinburghispossible.org
Edinburgh Trade Union Council (ETUC) is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2022 from 6pm to 8:30pm. The meeting will be held with the Council Chamber, City Chambers, High Street.
We encourage everyone with an interest in social care and public services to attend—especially members working in this area and those who receive care in their family.
Continue reading “The Social Care Crisis in Edinburgh—public meeting on 6 December”
Last week Audit Scotland published a social care briefing analysing the state of the sector and the challenges it faces. We encourage all staff in Health and Social Care to read this and provide a brief overview in the following article.
The findings confirm what Unite CEC Branch has long believed: that social care staff are low paid, overworked and undervalued, and that the current staffing crisis is not caused by external circumstances, but exposed by them. The cause of the crisis is historical poor treatment and undervaluing of social care workers.
The briefing raises further alarms about the marketisation of social care, which is particularly worrying as the SNP’s National Care Service (NCS)—or National Commissioning Service, as would be more accurate—is on the horizon. Proponents of the free market would argue that competition between companies increases standards and increases the range service users can choose from, yet the briefing reports with concern that
commissioning focuses on cost rather than quality. Competition between providers has been at the expense of collaboration and quality.
And later in the report
Continue reading “Low paid, overworked, undervalued—Audit Scotland’s findings on social care”
Help us get through the pandemic by working in social care
Image by Ani Kolleshi, courtesy of Unsplash
This week the Chief Executive emailed all staff asking for volunteers to come forward to work in Health and Social Care to address the staffing crisis due to the pandemic.
It is vital that the Council can meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens and it is in this spirit that the Council is calling on staff to fill gaps in home care and care home staffing.
The Council are also recruiting externally for roles in home care and care homes.
Working in social care
Read details of the crisis social care roles on the Council website.
Continue reading “Health and Social Care staffing crisis”
Over half of all COVID cases in Scotland are caused by the new variant, Omicron, and the numbers are rising at an alarming rate each day, with over 1,000 new cases identified yesterday.
New measures came into place on Friday (17 December) to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Read on for a summary of updated measures and steps to make yourself safe at work.
Continue reading “COVID measures for Omicron”
Yesterday, activists from Unite, Unison and Another Edinburgh is Possible demonstrated outside the City Chambers to protest the proposals to close Council care homes.
Read about the campaign to Save Our Care Homes.
The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board were noting the progress of the Bed Based Care Strategy that was proposed at the previous June meeting. The proposals look to close 4 Council-run care homes, convert one into a hospital care setting and convert the remaining Council-run homes to nursing homes. This would see the removal of Council-run residential care homes in the city. The plans would cut over 200 beds in Council care homes.
Continue reading “Demo at City Chambers —#SaveOurCareHomes”
Unite is asking the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB) why it produced a report proposing closure of several Local Authority Care Homes and was ready to vote it through (therefore authorise these closures) despite having no consultation with residents, employees or unions until our deputation and subsequent media interest encouraged them to think again.
Many of our members in the care homes under threat (Ferrylea, Ford’s Road, Clovenstone and The Jewel) had been informed, some by email, only a few days earlier. Some of our members had just been moved from the now closed Cherry Oak to homes earmarked for closure.
This is no way to treat our elderly residents and the workers who care for them and it provides us with a stark warning about the behaviour of those with decision-making power over others and how the enormous efforts and challenges of the pandemic can be so easily forgotten, lest we continually remind.