The CEO of Caremark has expressed outrage over an MP’s suggestion to former aviation staff that working in the care sector may not be a “dream job”.
In an interview with The Spectator, Work and Pensions Secretary Dr Thérèse Coffey claimed that thousands of airline staff made redundant during the coronavirus should switch careers and work in other industries, such as social care.
“It may not be their dream job for the rest of their lives,” she added. “But it may well be very useful: they get more money coming in than if they’re on benefits.”
Caremark CEO Kevin Lewis has demanded an apology from the MP over her “derogatory” comments, claiming they “undermine recruitment and retention” to the social care sector.
He said that a person in Dr Coffey’s position should understand how this kind of “ill-conceived language” can cause “so much damage” to a sector that needs to employ the right people and has positions available.
He added: “We demand a full and frank apology from Dr Coffey, not just for the care and support workers employed up and down the nation by our network of franchised offices, but the thousands of care workers employed throughout the sector who do feel they have their dream job. I feel this kind of ill-informed comment undermines the hard work we undertake to recruit and retain these amazing people, who are vital to help those in need and provide the high level of care we offer at Caremark.
“There are countless individuals throughout our network who feel they have their dream job at Caremark and love what they are doing, including many flight attendants who have lost their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and are aghast at this derogatory comment about the profession they have chosen and love to do.”
Caption: Former cabin-crew worker Abigail Byrne has recently joined Caremark to look after people in their own homes.