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18 May 2023

Rebecca Thomas, The Independent (UK)

UK: Active Care Group allegedly mistreating migrant workers incl. giving short-notice of relocation, long shifts & poor housing; incl. co. comments

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"Scandal-hit private hospital owner accused of 'callous' treatment of migrant workers,"

A scandal-hit private hospital owner, that was forced to close a unit following a series of reports by The Independent revealing poor care, has been accused of “callous” treatment towards its migrant care workers.

Active Care Group (ACG), formerly called The Huntercombe Group, which owns a number of children’s hospitals, has been accused of treating dozens of migrant workers poorly following the closure of Taplow Manor Hospital in Maidenhead...

According to the GMB union, ACG gave a group of international care workers three days to consider whether they would relocate 150 miles away to work at one of its hospitals in Birmingham or take redundancy. This allegedly came after the organisation had already transferred some staff to another children’s hospital in Staffordshire, called Ivetsey Bank...

A spokesperson for Active Care Group said consultations with over 250 staff at Taplow Manor started on 19 April 2023 and would run until 18 July.

“We have been working with all members of staff since the beginning of the consultation period to provide alternative employment and accommodation and colleagues also have the option to stay at Taplow and go through the consultation process with other colleagues,” it said...

Lara Johnson, workplace representative for the union at Taplow Manor, told The Independent that workers who had been moved to Ivetsey Bank “are doing 12-hour shifts, some on nights and some on days, and they are expected to stay in accommodation which does not meet their basic needs”.