> Desperate times indeed, when staff in a new care home are expected to survive for a month with no pay while the company running it gets its act together…
Thity-three staff at a multi-million pound care development in Hartlepool have been temporarily laid off – without pay – before the facility has even opened.
The care workers employed by Mariner Care, to look after vulnerable adults at the new Burbank Mews complex, off Burbank Street, in Hartlepool, started working for the company in November and December last year in preparation for its first residents.
But, 33 of the 41 employed staff were informed that they have been laid off for a month.
The company says the delay is nothing to do with finances, but is due to “procedural timing” of it obtaining the correct legal applications from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the Government watchdog which regulates such premises.
Mark Goodman, interim chief operations officer of Mariner Care, said no service users have been affected as no-one has yet been admitted into the complex.
“Mariner Care can confirm that a number of its staff have been laid off temporarily for one month.
“This has been an immensely difficult decision for us to make, but is because Mariner Care has had to postpone its opening until appropriate registrations are received to ensure we are fully and properly prepared to deliver an innovative service to adults with autism and learning disabilities.
“We have assured staff that we will keep them informed of all progress and developments and we look forward to Mariner Care admitting its first service users in the near future.”
> It’d be nice if all the discarded staff found other jobs in the meantime, making it necessery for Mariner Care to go through advertising and interviewing all over again. Sadly its unlikely that they will.
Source – Hartlepool Mail, 09 Feb 2015