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ICG demands Government rethink on jabs

With just three days to go until the Government’s “no jab, no job” policy takes effect in social care, The Independent Care Group says there should be a rethink in the light of its decision on NHS workers.

ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “We need help, not hindrances. What is the point in keeping hospitals working if there is nowhere to discharge patients to if homecare providers don’t have the staff to care for people at home and there are no staff for care and nursing homes?

“The Government has listened to the NHS’s concerns about the winter but ignored social care saying the same thing, time and time again. The Government has no understanding of how social care and NHS care need to work together.

“To delay this deadline for NHS workers but maintain the deadline for care workers makes no sense. Vaccination for care workers should be a personal choice, but if it is to be made mandatory it should at the very least be pushed back until April, like the NHS.”

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