Care home contracts changed after warnings from watchdog

December 22 2018

South Gloucestershire Council has transferred its care contracts to a new provider after warnings from the health watchdog.

Allied Healthcare has been rescued by new owners but the authority has pressed ahead with a contingency plan to ensure the 84 affected residents were properly cared for. 

Before the buyout, the Care Quality Commission had written to councils saying the firm had “failed to provide adequate assurance regarding future funding”. 

Councillor Ben Stokes, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for adult care, said the market was vulnerable but the situation was unlikely to be repeated.  He said: “We have a statutory duty, as well as some very vulnerable people we want to ensure are properly provided for. We have negotiated with potential alternative providers. We’ve been able to appoint Nobilis. They are taking forward the responsibilities referring to Allied.” 

Cllr Mike Drew said Cllr Stokes’ response was “complacent”. He said he hoped South Gloucestershire Council was involved in lobbying at a national level to get more funding.

Council leader Toby Savage said the authority lobbies through the Local Government Association.