For all agencies (including introductory), to have to be registered with the CQC

For all agencies (including introductory), to have to be registered with the CQC

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Having been in the care industry for over 30 years, from pre-nursing student to palliative Carer, I have noticed that working for Introductory Only agencies on a self employed basis, they are able to loophole their way out of being CQC governed.  This means that carers are sent to clients homes without any checks being carried out e.g health & safety, client assessment.  We do not know what we are walking into...this is not fair in the Carer or the client as clients are not matched up with carers. Self employed carers enter homes to help clients stay in them but we are told by our head office contact that the client does this, does that, needs this and needs that, but at no time has that person from head office had any contact with the client.  We often get to an assignment to find the situation completely different...we are bound by the agency to vicarage a set fee but this may mean somebody works for 17 hours a day and another Carer may work only 10 hours a day for the same amount.  We often have difficulties with clients with whom we have been placed and on trying to gain assisfrom the agency, are told...”you’re self employed, you deal with it”... this maybe non payment of invoices down to unable to take a break due to client being unable to being left.  This puts huge pressure and responsibility on the Carer, whilst the agency sits back and earns a fee of £25 plus per day for example.

All agencies who send carers to clients homes should be responsible for their actions, and not able to “pass the buck” with no accountability. Why should an introductory agency be any different from a supply agency? 

Please support this petition to help protect both carers and clients alike.

Thank you

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