Ed Miliband: a Labour government would ‘call time on clock-watch care’
Report suggests short visits have reduced quality of care for millions of elderly, vulnerable and disabled people.
A Labour government would “call time on clock-watch care” by ending social care visits that last just 15 minutes, Ed Miliband will announce on Thursday.
The Labour leader will highlight findings in a report, commissioned by the party, which found that elderly people in nearly two-thirds of areas surveyed in England are visited for no more than 15 minutes and that many care workers are not paid if they choose to extend a visit. Between 150,000 and 220,000 care workers receive less than the minimum wage often because they are not paid as they travel between appointments.
Miliband will say that the report by Labour’s Lady Kingsmill shows short visits and the treatment of care workers has reduced the quality of care for millions of elderly, vulnerable and disabled people who need help preparing meals, bathing and taking medication to allow them to remain at home.
One of Kingsmill’s central recommendations is for a new care charter to be developed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to raise standards. This would end time-limited visits and introduce an inspection regime.
The CQC would also get new powers to tackle the exploitation of care workers whose treatment has an impact on the people they care for. It would have a duty to refer cases where it believes minimum wage laws have been breached to HM Revenue and Customs.
- The Guardian,