Pace of registration for staff under fire

    Elder abuse campaigners and politicians have hit out at the General
    Social Care Council’s recommendation not to fast-track domiciliary
    care workers on to the social care register.

    A consultation paper published this week by the GSCC proposes
    registering social care managers next. This is despite an inquiry
    by the House of Commons’ health select committee into elder abuse
    earlier in the year calling for domiciliary care workers to be
    registered as a priority.

    Gary Fitzgerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, said:
    “Domiciliary care workers should be registered next because they
    are so isolated and have been subject to the least attention in the
    past 10 years and this does not seem to have been taken on board by
    the GSCC.”

    Liberal Democrat older people spokesperson Sandra Gidley said it
    was disappointing domiciliary care seemed to be slipping down the
    agenda.

    The GSCC said domiciliary workers would be in the second tranche of
    groups to be registered.

    – The deadline for consultation is 8 November 2004. Go to www.gscc.org.uk

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