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Care leaders condemn 'pay to visit' testing
Care leaders condemn 'pay to visit' testing
CARE leaders have condemned plans to make care and nursing home visitors pay for Covid-19 tests. 
The Independent Care Group urged the Government to reverse the proposal which it said was penalising those who had suffered enough. 
Free Covid-19 tests will end in April but people visiting loved ones in care settings, including care and nursing homes, will still need a test to visit. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'Caring families have suffered enough without having this further indignity thrust upon them. This is penalising those who have suffered enough already. 
'This cost is going to fall on those who are doing that most precious and vital thing - visiting a loved one. It is wrong on every level and shows the flagrant disregard the Government has for the care sector. 
'If, in a civilised society, we cannot enable people to visit their loved ones without having to bear the cost of measures to keep them safe, then we are in a sorry state indeed. 
'What happens to a family - maybe two or three people - who want to visit a beloved father, mother or grandparent two, three or even four times a week? Are we saying unless you pay up you can't? 
'This is treating social care with contempt and we urge the Government to rethink it immediately.'

We'll pay your bills if you work for us, says care group
We'll pay your bills if you work for us, says care group
WORK for us and we'll pay your bills - that's the incentive being offered by an enterprising care company.\r\nSaint Cecilia's Care Group is offering to pay household bills up to £1,000 for any new care staff who join the company.\r\nThe care group has care staff vacancies at its five homes across Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby.\r\nSaint Cecilia's director Aaron Padgham said: 'Some of the biggest challenges facing people at the moment are rising bills and so we are offering to ease that worry for anyone who would like to join us.\r\n'Whether you are new to care or in another position, we will be happy to pay mortgage, gas, electric, water or any other bills, up to a total of £1,000, to any new carers at Saint Cecilia's.'\r\nThe offer is part of an ongoing recruitment campaign the care group is running to find staff for its homes.\r\nSaint Cecilia's recently added Oakland nursing home in Whitby to its family of centres. \r\nIt also has a nursing home, two care homes and a day care centre in Scarborough and a care home in Pickering.

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