"Care for disabled is in danger"

27th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

"Care for disabled is in danger"

27 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The quality of care for the disabled is in danger, the chairman of the executive board of Cordaan, a care institute for people who are mentally disabled, wrote in a letter in the Volkskrant on Monday.

Eelco Damen says it is difficult to find certified personnel. "By pulling out all the stops we're just about able to cover all shifts." One of the results he says is that uncertified employees are put on duty. 

"It is management's duty to safeguard the quality of service provision. But it is a balancing act at the moment. It's not surprising that service provision is not up to scratch from time to time."

The union NU'91 sounded the alarm earlier about the quality of care. The union accuses employers of failing to offer certified employees fulltime jobs, but only parttime jobs of 12 to 16 hours a week. Partly because of this many certified carers are choosing other jobs, says NU'91.

The union was responding, among other things, to the mistreatment of a 19-year-old resident of care home Heeren Loo in Ermelo. She was abused by a fellow resident who is autistic. Investigation showed that the ward in question was ruled by chaos and that supervisors were often unqualified.

The Healthcare Inspectorate is working on an investigation into the quality of care for the disabled. It hopes to present its findings to state secretary Jet Bussemaker by late autumn.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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