Care homes refuse NHS discharges as mandatory vaccines drive staff exodus

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Care homes have had to turn down requests from the NHS to allow patients to be discharged into their care as a government-mandated vaccine deadline puts staff out, adding pressure to services.

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Four Seasons Health Care, one of the largest care home providers in the country, has had to deny NHS requests to discharge patients at their homes after losing staff ahead of the mandatory vaccine deadline yesterday.

The latest figures show that around 32,000 care home staff are yet to have a job and another 30,000 have only received their first dose, meaning the sector could lose thousands of workers from Thursday.


talking to GranthshalaFour Seasons chief executive Jeremy Richardson said providers had declined 80 requests for admission from the NHS in the past two weeks because the loss of staff meant they could not ensure safe home care if they accepted patients. will do. ,

Mr Richardson warned that the government’s decision to make vaccines mandatory was “truly unhelpful and unnecessary”. He said: “I don’t think the government should have made the vaccine mandatory. I don’t think it is necessary; I think this is a retrograde step.

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“What you see during the winter is a greater level of discharge from hospital to care homes. It is very clear that the social care sector will not be able to support the NHS in the same way it normally does, Because this year there is not the amount of people to support the needs of the NHS.

“We have to limit the number of admissions we take, in some cases, to ensure that we can continue to provide the level of care that is needed.”

Yesterday the government confirmed that from 1 April next year NHS staff will have to be fully vaccinated. However, its analysis acknowledged that 73,000 NHS workers and 35,000 care workers may not have had their vaccines in time, and warned that this could lead to a reduction or delay in services.

NHS A&E is facing one of its toughest winters yet in terms of admissions and attendance. One of the key drivers of pressure within the service is the high number of patients in hospital beds needing to be discharged, as this means beds are not available for new admissions.

Glenn Burley, CEO of the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust Granthshala That NHS leaders were “really concerned” about the situation in which care homes would be abandoned.

He added that while there is good reason for mandatory vaccines, the rule “presents another challenge in an already strained system” in the short term.

He said the problem was not just with freeing up hospital beds, but that “the last thing you want is to put a patient in a serious hospital, as this can lead to other complications and potentially lead to complications.” from, for some patients, never to return to their care homes”.

Nadra Ahmed, acting president of the National Care Association, called on the government to postpone the care sector deadline to April next year in line with the deadline set for NHS staff.

She said: “We know that vaccines are a key component of our fight against the virus, but it needs to be recognized that the unintended consequence is that no staff cares.

“The NHS will struggle to discharge from the acute zone into a safe environment where people can be supported at a critical time in their lives.”

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the NHS Conference, representing the NHS Trusts, said: “The evidence is clear that a fully supported social care system is critical to the effective operation of the NHS. Without the right care, people who are medically at risk leave are medically fit, they have to wait longer in hospital, at a time when capacity is critical.”

Gyan Das, registered manager and director of Two Rivers, a care home in north London that supports women with learning disabilities, said Granthshala Five out of 40 workers were lost because of the vaccine rule in her home, and the result was a reduction in the workforce.

Ms Das said it would be difficult to get patients out of the hospital with learning disabilities. She also said that staff pressure would mean households would no longer be able to cook fresh food, and would have to rely on frozen.

She said: “We have employees feeling that their human rights are being taken away. I spent all day recruiting, and many of the CVs I got were not vaccinated. The people I asked for jobs today. About 50 percent of those people talked about had not been vaccinated.

“It’s getting harder every day. And we’re really, really worried about what’s going to happen. It’s a really bad time; our staff’s morale is low and they’re feeling exhausted, completely demotivated.” Huh.”


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