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Around the Web – Employment agency fined for understaffing care home

23 May 2012

A Swedish employment agency, Attendo, is to pay over €300,000 because it provided too few staff to a nursing home in the Southern municipality of Norrköping, write local newspapers today. This breached the contract with the municipality and the firm now has to make the payments.

Reports claim that the agency did not provide enough full-time staff as was agreed with the municipality and that, in some months this year, understaffing has been “extremely high.”

This comes after an anonymous letter was sent to the municipality over low staffing levels in a care home, which claimed that one member of staff had to look after up to 27 patients in five hours.

The employment agency said that the breach occurred because the municipality suddenly changed “methods of reporting staffing levels.”

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