In Caring Rules Are Rules
A care worker sacked by a charity for giving two paracetamol tablets and a hot water bottle to a woman with dementia has been awarded more than £17,000 for unfair dismissal.
However, the award had been reduced by 33% from £25,771 to reflect the fact that the claimant’s conduct contributed to her dismissal in that she broke her employer’s rules by administering medication and the water bottle.
Employment Judge Jack, presiding over the tribunal, said the decision to dismiss her hinged on the finding that Rebecca Tarlow’s actions were “dangerous”.
However, the judge said: “Pharmacologically, taking 10 paracetamol tablets over a 24-hour period would not be a cause for concern and would not require an ambulance to be called.
“Prior to giving the tenant the hot water bottle the claimant took steps to ensure that the tenant would not be scalded. So the claimant’s actions were not negligent to a very high degree. They were not dangerous.”
The judge added that Tarlow was entirely honest about what had happened and knew she had broken the rules.
The case reflects the rules to which carers for the elderly need to abide.
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