Debate: Care worker wages

Forum guest Dea Porter suggested we get the care workers we pay for

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Monday 26th October 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Health Studies
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For as long as we have private organisations, employing cheap labour, rather than professional oganisations employing genuine, bright and caring people. It will not matter how many forms are filled out to account for levels of care.

There are some very special people working in the care industry, however, there are also some rather devious, ambitious types with little empathy. The whole role of Care Worker needs looking at and salary structures put in to reflect the value of a good Care Professional.

Vulnerable people in our society live in Community Homes with appalling budgets for food, understaffing and at times put at risk by inappropriate care workers. I am currently having to revaluate my decision to work in a community home. Details too many to mention, lets just say I don't do negativity. Anyone else got feelings on this one?