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  • Comment on: Make care certificate compulsory for HCAs, says Cavendish

    andy's comment 4-Apr-2015 1:04 am

    All checks + training costs should be paid for by employers and registration costs maybe paid for by the state for patients' safety. DBS checks and Care Certificates only valid at the time they are done, bit like MOTs, so unless they are regularly checked (at much lower costs), they could be a waste of money. Wages for HCAs are very low for increasing responsibilities and care of more and more patients. With more and more policies and regulations, wonder why sometimes it's very difficult to recruit and retain enough nursing staff and having to resort to using more agency staff whilst vacancy rates are remain unacceptably high?

  • Comment on: Half of hospital staff failing to 'adequately wash uniforms at home'

    andy's comment 4-Apr-2015 0:52 am

    If it has to be done properly, then it should be done properly by the employers. Staff should not be burdened with more laundry + cost of washing it at home. Maybe all staff should wear uniform, no one with regular clothes should come into contact with patients and remind everyone that MRSA can be found in the air. Not all workplaces have changing + showering facilities, which could potentially risk micro-organisms being taken back home.

  • Comment on: MPs criticise NMC for 'ignoring nurses' in debate on fee rise

    andy's comment 1-Apr-2015 8:50 pm

    Hypothetically: 1. can't pay / won't pay = no registration = cannot work as a registrants 2. when / where is the tipping point of not enough staff registered to deliver safe levels of care? 3. would cost of administration of the register rise again, due to ongoing costs of the regulatory body needing to be met with fewer and fewer registrants? 4. ex-registrants would have to find alternative work, probably as 'advanced healthcare support assistants!' with suitable matching remuneration according to skills needed (due to lack of actual registered staff working) or alternative jobs/careers entirely. Think it's patients who will ultimately suffer instead of being protected by the actions of this regulatory body.

  • Comment on: Unions accept latest government 1% pay offer for NHS staff

    andy's comment 9-Mar-2015 5:46 pm

    Looks like only one of the striking unions voted against the pay deal. Unfortunately doesn't look like this will be backdated to 2014-15 as well as from April 2015. As rubbish as this deal is, it was what the Pay Review Body recommended last year, just that the government made a massive issue out of it (and happy to be paid far more than the average nurse). As the economy is improving and if politicians really do value nurses and carers, then put money where their mouth is and properly remunerate. If pay remains relatively low, staff are likely to take up agency work in their spare time to make ends meet.

  • Comment on: Nursing fails to make it onto government's shortage occupation list

    andy's comment 4-Mar-2015 5:58 pm

    HCSW | 28-Feb-2015 3:54 am Agreed. Also agency staff take the higher pay and sacrifice employers' pension contributions (which staff won't see until retirement and some staff are unaware what employers put aside for staff pensions) A lot of permanent staff work flat-bank rates and at their substantive increment rate, or more preferably on overtime rates (if working above 37.5hr). Probably what's also taken into account is nurses have transferable skills, which means quite a lot can be moved from one department into another (for short term/emergency cover) when needed. Also on most people's contracts now it's likely to say 'to work where asked to'

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