AM welcomes planned curb on zero hour’s contracts in social care.

Plans to curb the use of zero-hours contracts and protect care time in the social care sector, have been unveiled by the Welsh Labour Government.

Under proposals being put out to immediate consultation, employers will need to offer workers in the domiciliary care sector, on zero-hours contracts, the choice of moving to a minimum hours contract after three months of continued employment.

Dawn Bowden AM said:

“The changes being consulted on will help employees in the care sector to have the stability of contracted hours. They will also help those who are being cared for by reducing staff turnover. “

She added:
“These proposals are about fairness and once again show that this Welsh Labour Government are standing up for the many and listening to what staff in the sector are saying.”

New measures to stop the practice of “call-clipping’ have also been announced. This will require care providers to differentiate clearly between travel time and care time when preparing employees’ schedules, giving due regard to issues such as the distance between visits and rush hour traffic. This should protect the time spent with those that require care.

Commenting on this proposal Dawn Bowden remarked:

“Requiring providers to distinguish clearly between travel time and care time when arranging services, will improve the experience of people needing care. Doing so will help tackle ‘call-clipping’, ensuring people’s care and support time is not eroded by travel time between visits.”

She concluded:

“I encourage anybody with a view on these important issues to contribute to our consultation.”

The consultation can be found at


Figures released in the last week show that 91% of GP training places in Wales have so far been filled following a highly successful campaign to promote Wales to doctors

The Welsh Government and NHS Wales launched the “This is Wales: Train, Work, Live” campaign in October 2016, in order to promote Wales as an excellent place for doctors, including GPs, and their families, to train, work and live.

In April, the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething announced the fill rate for GP training places at the end of round one was 84%, which compared to 68% at the same stage in 2016.

Following the round one re-advert, the fill rate has increased to 91% for 2017 (124 out of 136 posts filled). This compares to a 75% fill rate in 2016.

Trainees will begin their training in August 2017.
Round two, which aims to recruit GP trainees to take up post in February 2018, will open in August 2017.

Commenting on the figures Dawn Bowden AM said:

“As a member of the Assembly’s Health Social Care and Sport Committee I am well aware of how important the recruitment of GPs is to the sustainability of our Welsh NHS. I therefore very much welcome the success of the Welsh Government campaign.

Last month, the Welsh Government and NHS Wales launched the second phase of the This is Wales: Train, Work, Live campaign, targeted at nurses in primary care, secondary care and the care home sector. Future phases of the campaign will target pharmacists and allied health professionals.

Dawn Bowden added:

“I was delighted to be able to support the launch of the Welsh Government Nurse Recruitment Campaign at the Keir Hardie Health Centre, Merthyr Tydfil last month, these positive figures on GP training, following on from that launch, are testimony to the Welsh Government’s commitment to developing local health care teams fit for the future.”