Expats providing UK temporary care defend their rights and motivations

Published:  5 Jan at 6 PM
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Following reports in the UK media that unqualified British expats are taking on highly paid temp jobs in UK care homes, long-term expats in the programme are denying there’s any scandal.

Expats who’ve been involved in the scheme are fighting back against what they claim is unfair misrepresentation a regards their previous experience as well as a reported lack of pre-job training. Others are vigorously maintaining their rights as UK citizens to work in the home country on a temporary basis.

One Malaga-based expat who’s taken on temporary work as a carer in the UK told reporters she had been very upset at being labelled an ‘unqualified money-chaser’ after she’d spent the entire festive season away from her family in Spain. She’d been placed with an elderly couple who needed full time care, had been working 10 hours a day and was unable to leave the house for more than two hours every day.

Comments from other fully-trained carers defending their rights and motivations came after the Olive Press published an opinion piece slamming the criticism aimed at expats who’d taken the placements. The article also stated that the majority of takers had previous experience as carers and received intensive training in Spain as well as undergoing strict police and background checks. T

The Malaga carer also told reporters she’d worked as a fully-trained carer in the UK for three years before she emigrated, adding the majority of those she’d worked with had similar backgrounds as carers and all were given refresher courses before they were placed in care or private homes.

Bertha Jones, a retired nurse living on the Costa del Sol, said she’d no idea what the problem was, as she herself had peviously worked fortnightly agency shifts as a live-in carer with no adverse publicity. She added she doubted the accuracy of statements made in the UK press that those taking on the assignments were only in it to make money.

A spokesperson from Helping Hands, one of the regulated agencies recruiting in Spain, said the organisation has a dedicated training centre in Torrevieja, and takes its responsibilities of compliance with the Care Quality Commission very seriously. The one irrefutable fact laid bare by the media coverage of the story is that UK-based, local government-run care provision for the elderly and disabled is simply not up to the job.

Source – Olive Press
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