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Care worker back pay; IVF price cap; Car fires

The government's plan to get care companies to reimburse workers underpaid for 'sleep-in' shifts. Plus, how an IVF 'price cap' could solve inequalities in IVF provision.

Care workers who may be owed up to six years of back pay after being paid less than the minimum wage will have to wait for up to another year for the money, following an announcement by the government. It has announced a scheme for social care companies that incorrectly paid workers for 'sleep in' shifts. The government says the scheme is necessary to maintain important services for people who access social care, whilst also ensuring workers are paid fairly according to the law. Some care providers have said the huge bill could force them out of business.

Would capping the cost to the NHS of IVF treatment increase how many cycles are offered to patients? Professor Geeta Nargund from CREATE clinics believes so, and is working within a group advising the NHS about how much it should have to pay. It comes as new research reveals that only 24 out of the 208 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England provide the recommended three free cycles of IVF to women under 40.

We ask why car manufacturers do not have to automatically investigate when one of their cars develops a fault that causes it to spontaneously burst into flames.

Presented by Winifred Robinson
Produced by Natalie Donovan.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Interest Rates

    Bank of England announced at midday that they plan to increase interest rates.

    Duration: 04:44

  • Sleep In Shifts

    Government scheme makes care providers pay back wages to care workers for sleep in shifts

    Duration: 06:30

  • Sleep In Shifts

    Government scheme makes care providers pay back wages to care workers for sleep in shifts

    Duration: 06:30

  • Automatic Appointments

    People accessing pension pots could get a date with a free guidance service first.

    Duration: 03:41

  • Automatic Appointments

    People accessing pension pots could get a date with a free guidance service first.

    Duration: 03:41

  • Bake Off

    Flora Shedden from The Great British Bake Off has opened her first bakery

    Duration: 07:07

  • KIA Fire

    Who should investigate when a car bursts into flames?

    Duration: 07:04

  • IVF Discussion

    What could make IVF affordable for the NHS?

    Duration: 07:39

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