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Covid jab rule 'will force sixty per cent of care homes to sack staff’

A survey by the Institute of Health and Social Care Management (IHSCM) has found sixty per cent of care homes will be forced to sack staff who refuse to get vaccinated by the time the mandatory ‘no jab, no job’ rule comes into force on 11 November.

The Telegraph reports 318 of 530 care home managers surveyed across the UK said they expect staff to leave based on current vaccination rates.

The IHSCM found around 35 per cent of care home managers expect they will lose between one and five per cent of staff, 19 per cent expect to lose between six and 10 per cent, and 4.11 per cent believe they will lose between 11 and 15 per cent.

Some 3.9 per cent of care managers surveyed fear they could lose between 16 and 20 per cent of care staff, according to the Telegraph report.

The survey is at odds with official forecasts by the Department of Health and Social Care, which expects the policy will result in seven per cent of staff – around 40,000 in total – to either quit or be sacked.

In addition, IHSCM found 27.6 per cent of care home managers had already lost up to five staff due to mandatory vaccination rules. Some 3.75 per cent said between six and 10 carers had already left.

The survey also found 0.39 per cent of managers had seen between 11 and 15, 16 and 20, or more than 20 staff quit.

As a result, the Telegraph reports, 93.26 per cent of care managers are experiencing staff issues such as recruitment, retention and understaffing.

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