‘The National Living Wage could result in a “catastrophic failure” in the home care market, the industry is warning. About 500,000 vulnerable over-65s rely on the support, which includes help with washing and dressing’.
So wrote Nick Triggle, Health correspondent (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33678919, 27 July 2015). This article goes on to state the views of the UK Homecare Association about the proposed increases in the minimum wage. That is, it would make the services its members provide to those needing home care “unviable”.
This unadulterated and unchallenged repetition of bullshit carries on: ‘The UKHCA believes the introduction of the National Living Wage will require councils to pay a minimum price of £16.70 an hour for services’ ‘Just under 50p has been set aside for profits’. UKHCA state that ‘unless extra funding is provided by councils “there is a serious risk of catastrophic failure” as some providers may be driven out of the market. The UKHCA believes an extra £750m may need to be put into the system next year to cope with the National Living Wage demands’.
How, Mr. Triggle, does the propaganda outlet you so kindly provide to destitute home care agencies square up to known reality?
Most of the agencies in the care home market are franchises of large companies ‘receiving lucrative government contracts to run care services looking after tens of thousands of vulnerable people (which) are avoiding millions of pounds in tax through a legal loophole’ (Richard Whittell, Emily Dugan, independent.co.uk, 10 March 2013).
‘This report shows that ‘firms are cutting their taxable UK profits by taking high-interest loans from their owners through the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, an investigation by Corporate Watch and The Independent has found. By racking up large interest payments to their parent companies, they are able to reduce their bottom line and cut their tax bills’.
Another report revealed that:: ‘MiHomecare, one of the UK’s biggest providers of care to elderly and disabled people, is paying workers less than the minimum wage, an internal company document leaked to Corporate Watch reveals (corporatewatch.org, 13 March 2013). This report disclosed that: ‘Owned by outsourcing giant Mitie, MiHomecare is also scheduling home visits with no travel time in between, meaning carers have to leave appointments early ... legally carers should … be paid for the time it takes to get from one visit to the next. An internal analysis of pay rates shows that many MiHomecare workers are not being paid for travel time and as a result are earning less than the minimum wage, once this is included … MiHomecare is the fourth biggest homecare services company in the UK, providing care for 10,000 people in England and Wales. Over three quarters of the company’s revenue comes from the public sector, with local councils paying for the majority of home visits. MiHomecare made an £8.2m profit in 2014. The MiHomecare ‘practice is apparently widespread.
One way the company can reduce its liability is by acknowledging a practice called “clipping” – the scheduling of appointments so that no time is left for travel in between. As a result: “the employee is expected to travel within the time allowed for the appointment with actual time spent with the client varying depending upon journey times. This effectively means that companies are scheduling people’s care visits to be cut short, to, in many cases 15 minutes.
Compare this disgusting reality to the fact that the Mitie group as a whole made profits of £49m in 2014, with CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith making almost £1.5m; that is, 120 times more than a poorly paid, poorly trained, often immigrant, home care worker!
Is it not incumbant of a BBC journalist, Mr. Triggle, to question the validity of what they report, to analyse it, rather than unquestioningly repeat it?
Moreso, if what is being repeated is from the mouths of those whose snouts are in the trough that is being threatened with not being quite so full.
Moreso, if those whose snouts are in the trough might include politicians as shareholders.
I formally ask the Director of the BBC to investigate the repeating of propaganda on a BBC platform.
Nationalise all home care.
Make cameras compulsory in all home care situations.
Train staff properly. Pay them well.
SOCIETY DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A GIGANTIC FEEDING GROUND FOR PIGS, IT IS ONLY THAT IF YOU STAND IDLY BY AND LET THE PIGS FEED..
Within several hours of writing this, the BBC ‘News at Ten’ repeated the propaganda conduited by Nick Triggle, showing members of the UK Homecare Association almost crying at the prospect of their clients suffering as a result of proposed wage costs.
THEATRICAL, BULLSHIT THEATRE.
The BBC IS PURE BULLSHIT THEATRE, FOR PROPAGANDA IS WHAT YOU DELIBERATELY LEAVE OUT.
SCRAP THE BBC.
SCRAP UNETHICAL JOURNALISTS.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HOME CARE?
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