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Rushed visits are devastating for the caring and the cared for, says UNISON

  Commenting on research published today (Thursday) by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Rushed visits cause much distress to elderly and disabled people, and unnecessary stress to the care workers trying to look after them. “Government imposed cuts have left cash-strapped councils often forced to commission care at bargain basement rates. As a result, employers are cramming care workers’ rotas with so many visits they rarely have time for a chat with the people they’re caring for. For the lonely – whose only contact with the outside world might be their care worker – hurried, excessively short visits can be devastating. “Some care workers report being allocated just a single minute for a visit. This is an obscene way to treat the most vulnerable people in our communities. The government must get to grips with the growing care scandal now.” UNISON media contacts: Liz Chinchen T: 020 7121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk The article Rushed visits are devastating for the caring and the cared for, says UNISON first appeared on the UNISON National site.
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