A THIRD of clients being looked after at home by Family Nursing & Home Care have had their care cancelled at late notice as a dispute between the charity and its staff escalates.
Home-care staff at the organisation are threatening mass legal action while they fight to block a new contract and charity bosses say they have no option but to reduce the number of clients they care for.
Senior managers say that the move is due to ‘ongoing staff issues’, which include a number of members of staff deciding to leave at late notice.
The organisation has said that clients who are affected will be passed on to other providers.
Among those affected is 86-year-old Simone Liron, who has been forced into an unnecessary extended stay in hospital after her care was cut without notice.
She had received daily care from the charity but was admitted to hospital last Tuesday after a fall at home.
And despite being discharged on Thursday, she was told that she could not go home as the care she usually received had been withdrawn.
Her grandson Johnny Liron said that his grandmother would be hospital-bound until alternative care arrangements could be found.
In a statement, FNHC said: ‘The charity confirms that around one third of its clients are in the process of being transferred to alternative care providers. This is being carried out in conjunction with staff from the Health and Social Services Department.
‘Employment legislation in Jersey allows employees up to the end of their notice period (which in this case is 25 June 2017) to decide whether or not they wish to sign a revised contract.
‘However, since last week (week commencing 5 June), a number of staff who had indicated they wished to remain employees of FNHC have decided they no longer wish to stay with the charity.
'This change in staffing numbers, at this late stage in the process, has placed FNHC and its home care clients in an extremely difficult situation.’Subscribe to our Newsletter