Apthorp care home closes today because of a council’s mismanagement – putting staff who worked throughout the pandemic out of work and turfing elderly residents out of familiar surroundings, in a microcosm of the fundamental flaws in the entire caare system
Ninety-three care workers about to be put out of work by a London council have published a video, through their union Unison, telling their story in a minute and a quarter.
Those seventy-five seconds detail private ‘fat cat’ contracts doled out by Barnet council and a history of mismanagement, contrasting starkly with the heroism of the ninety-three ‘Covid heroes’ who worked selflessly throughout the pandemic despite the personal risks and Tory policy to funnel infected patients back into care homes at the cost of thousands of lives:
As well as the staff affected, a large number of elderly residents will face moving to a new facility – an experience known to be a direct threat to their wellbeing and lives. As one staff member put it:
There will be blood on someone’s hands.
The workers have fought an equally tireless campaign to save the home, but an intransigent Barnet council has failed to heed their warnings and their concern for the wellbeing of residents whose wellbeing they have worked so hard to protect.
At a time when the state of the care system is a live political topic, the experience endured by ninety-three Covid heroes is a microcosm of what is wrong with the entire system and the way it is run. Please share widely.
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