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GMB names and shames 10 care companies for failing to reassure workers over COVID sick pay policy

Ten care companies have been named and shamed for failing to offer reassurances that they pay full COVID sick pay for workers off sick with the virus. 

According to the GMB union, members have complained about care homes’ COVID sick pay policies, which was then followed up by a request for clarification by the union. Those care homes who failed to offer the union reassurance have been named by GMB as: 

  • Akari Care 
  • Avery Healthcare
  • Belsize Healthcare 
  • Bondcare Group 
  • Countrywide
  • Mencap
  • Minster Care Group
  • The Priory Group
  • Roseberry Care Homes 
  • Runwood Homes

Countrywide, Avery Healthcare, and Runwood Homes also failed to comment on their sick pay policies when asked by Care Home Management magazine.

However, among those to be able to reassure workers are Advinia Healthcare, Autism East Midlands, Bupa, Care UK, Four Seasons Health Care, HC One and Sanctuary Care, which have all confirmed that they pay full sick pay to employees who have had a positive COVID test result, are experiencing COVID-related symptoms and who are following Government advice to isolate.

A spokesman for Care UK said: “We are considering whether we need to change this approach over the next few months as the majority of our colleagues are vaccinated.”  

GMB says Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) equates to just £95 a week and represents a significant infection control risk, leaving carers the impossible choice between keeping residents safe by staying home, or being able to pay the rent by going into work – even if sick. 

More than 8,500 people have already signed the GMBs open letter to Care Minister Helen Whatley MP demanding the Government do more to tackle care providers not ensuring full pay for care staff off with COVID.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: “The COVID crisis has exposed Statutory Sick Pay as utterly inadequate for all workers – never mind carers working for the most vulnerable people in society. 

“The fact so many care providers choose not to pay full pay for care home workers off with COVID – despite support being available – is a disgrace. 

  • The Scottish Government launched the Social Care Staff Support Fund on 25 June 2020 to ensure that social care workers receive their expected income should they be off ill or self-isolating due to coronavirus.   

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