Magazine article Public Finance

Abusive Care Workers Able to Work in Scotland

Magazine article Public Finance

Abusive Care Workers Able to Work in Scotland

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Seven hundred people barred from working as care staff in England and Wales under the protection of vulnerable adults scheme are still able to work in the sector in Scotland, Public Finance has learnt. They were struck off for offences such as abuse, neglect and theft.

The Department of Health recognised the first anniversary of the scheme last week by publishing an audit of those referred to it. This indicated that the top three reasons for referral were neglect, physical and financial abuse. The vast majority of referrals involved workers from for-profit residential care homes.

Yet Gary FitzGerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, said he was 'dismayed' that an equivalent scheme for barring abusers did not yet exist in Scotland. The Scottish Executive closed its last consultation on a scheme in April 2004 and since then has sat back and done nothing', FitzGerald said. …

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