John has written to all local authority leaders in the Highlands and Islands to ask that they give great consideration to implementing UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter.
During the summer of 2012 UNISON, conducted a survey of Homecare workers entitled “Time to Care” to discover the views of those who work in Home care on the problems faced by the sector. The report, which was published in October 2012, found that poor working terms and conditions could contribute to a decline in the quality of care for those in receipt of Homecare services.
Commenting John said:
“It is of upmost importance that our homecare services deliver the best possible care to those in receipt of this vital service. The report from UNISON highlighted the difficulties that many working in the sector in providing the best possible care within the constraints of their working terms and conditions. Many carers are going well beyond their call of duty to ensure their clients do not suffer.
“I’m asking that all the Councils in the Highlands and Islands to sign up, if they haven’t already, UNISON’s Ethical Care charter to ensure that our Homecare services are the best they can be for both the carers and the patients.”
- UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter can be found here: http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/21188.pdf