The Department of Health finally admitted it "unintentionally"
discriminated against potential employees of a new social care
But the concession has failed to stem mounting opposition to the
controversial clause in the Care Standards Bill which intensified
this week after a leading disability charity said the amended bill
was impractical and still discriminates against disabled
The controversy stems from a clause outlining the criteria for
registering workers on the forthcoming General Social Care Council
for England and Care Council for Wales.
The original formulation said that the registration should only
be granted to social care workers in "good health both physically
But critics – including British Association of Social
Workers director Ian Johnston - claim the wording breached the
Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The 1995 Act requires employers
to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
The new clause – introduced by the government during
report stage earlier this year – rules that applicants for
registration with the councils "should be physically and mentally
fit to perform whole or part of the work of persons