John has accused the Conservative Leader of Moray Council, of “sticking his head in the sand” over the working terms and conditions of staff, and the care provided to the Council’s older residents in their homes.
It comes after Mr Finnie wrote to Councillor Allan Wright, urging him to sign Moray Council up to becoming an “Ethical Care Council”, by commissioning home care services which adhere to the “Ethical Care Charter”, as set out by the union Unison.
In a two sentence response, Councillor Wright told the MSP that he is confident in the way that staff in both the pubic and private sectors are treated.
Speaking on the issue John said:
“If Councillor Wright is so confident that the findings of the Unison survey, which includes concerns about short, rushed visits to clients, a lack of training and staff not being paid for travelling time or costs between clients, are not an issue in Moray then I fail to see what’s stopping him from having Moray Council become an Ethical Care Council.
“However the dismissive tone of his response suggests to me that he is not interested in ensuring the very highest standard of care is delivered to Moray’s older people by a well-trained, decently paid, motivated workforce.
“The Ethical Care Charter sets out an action plan of how local authorities can work swiftly to ensure these issues are addressed for the good of staff and the often vulnerable adults that they are caring for.
“Councillor Wright is burying his head in the sand if he thinks that all is rosy in his garden, he needs to do a lot more than issue a curt reply by return post, he needs to have the situation thoroughly looked at and do what’s right for those who rightly expect the highest standard of care from Moray Council.”