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Care homes in Scotland facing biggest workforce crisis

More care homes in Scotland could go under this winter, MSPs have been told.

Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, told the Scottish Parliament’s Covid-19 Recovery Committee that the sector is “haemorrhaging” staff and facing rocketing insurance bills.

He said the current workforce crisis – the biggest the sector has ever experienced – was having a “profound effect on the stability and the sustainability of the sector.”

Few had left the sector in the first wave of the pandemic, but experienced staff, nurses and carers were now finding work elsewhere.

Recruitment is now a big problem with 40 per cent of people invited for an interview failing to turn up and 60 per cent of new recruits leaving within six months.

Mr Macaskill said that insurance premiums for many care homes had risen tenfold. Two years ago the average premium was £3000 to £5000 annually. This year that has risen to £30,000 in many cases.

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