Labour Councillors on Suffolk County Council have called on the administration to come clean on their plans for the long-term care of people with learning difficulties as a report into council finances calls identifies them as an issue for council budgets. Continue reading Lack of planning is a ‘disgrace’
Labour councillors on Suffolk County Council today called on the Conservative administration to change their procurement processes to ensure that any company who forces employees to waive their rights under the Working Time Regulations will not be given county council contracts.
Continue reading Labour calls for protection for care workers
This budget is about the money that this Council has to spend and the ways in which it decides to spend it or not spend it. But the important issue is not the money itself but the effect that it has on people’s lives. We are not bringing this amendment because we have a pathological hatred of financial reserves, but because we have a deep-seated hatred of ill health, and poor education, and unsafe situations for children, and freezing homes for elderly people, and the despair that goes with a life where everything seems to be getting worse. And we resent seeing the Council sit on the financial means to deal with those issues, but do less and less each year.
Continue reading Cllr Sandy Martin Budget amendment speech
Labour Councillors are deeply concerned with the damning findings of the Care Quality Commission report into mental health services in Suffolk, which labels them ‘inadequate’.
Ten service areas delivered by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) have been reviewed with the very distressing news that many of the areas are underperforming and not giving patients the best possible service.
Continue reading Labour concerned over NSFT rating
Vital help for elderly, disabled and young people will go by the wayside if Suffolk County Council makes its proposed £30 million of cuts, Labour Councillors warned today.
Services hardest hit will be Adult Care, and Children & Young People, which between them lose around £18 million from their budgets.
Continue reading County Council services at threat of collapse
Dear Suffolk County Councillors,
With regard to commissioning for Home Care Services in Suffolk it is vital that specialist services currently providing care are able to continue to bid to do so. If the tendering process is done geographically as currently proposed, rather than by provider specialisation, then most of the charities currently providing the services will not be able to compete as it will be against their charitable purposes. We believe that yet again some of the huge multinationals (generics) will bid to run all of the proposed 33 geographic areas for profit. Experience tells us the wages needed to provide good care will be undercut yet again and experienced and qualified staff will leave the sector – see SERCO handling of Suffolk Community Health Care. If lower wages are paid the quality of care declines, if the best staff leave the quality of care will decline and as we all know continuity of care is hugely important.
Continue reading Response to home care procurement
Figures unearthed by the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council have identified truly shocking failures in levels of care across the county.
Freedom of Information requests to the CQC have identified that there are a number of homes with more complaints than Fairfields House which was closed earlier this year due to a number of serious failings.
Investigations have also identified that as well as serious concerns about Mildenhall Lodge, The Dell in Lowestoft is also under an enforcement notice from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Further to this there are 38 other homes across the county that have not met the appropriate standards.
Labour Councillors are calling on the Health Scrutiny Committee to investigate this situation as a matter of urgency.
David Ellesmere, Labour Leader on Ipswich Borough Council said; “The figures we have unearthed are deeply worrying and point to a much bigger problem in Suffolk than the current publicity about one or two homes would suggest”.
Leader of the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council, Sandy Martin said; “People should be able to rely on their elderly relatives being safe if they are in the care system. There are serious doubts about whether this is the case in Suffolk”.
Sarah Adams, Labour spokesperson for Health and Social Care said; “Health Scrutiny now needs to show its teeth to hold care home providers to account. We need to ensure that appropriate levels of care are provided in Suffolk”.
Labour councillors today challenged the Suffolk Community Healthcare providers SERCO after further changes to their senior management team were announced today.
Suffolk Community Healthcare (SHC) appeared in front of Suffolk County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee and confirmed that Abigail Tierney was leaving SCH to take up a post in North America. This announcement was prompted after questioning from Labour shadow spokesperson for Health and Social Care Cllr Sarah Adams who asked about how SERCO can ensure there is continuity of services when SHC were now looking for their third CEO in the last 18 months.
Continue reading Serco probed over Suffolk Community Healthcare contract
Following the announcement that Care UK have suspended two members of staff pending an investigation into management practices, Labour Councillors have called on the matter to be independently investigated and reported to Suffolk County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee.
Cllr David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, and Cllr Sarah Adams, opposition spokesperson for health and adult care, have sent the following letter to the Chair of Health Scrutiny, Cllr Michael Ladd, calling on him to have an independent review of the reasons why the two members of staff have been suspended.
Continue reading Labour demand independent investigation into Care UK suspensions
Labour Councillors today demanded that the Living Wage be paid to home care workers when the contracts for home care visits are renewed.
Following a consultation on Home Care undertaken by Suffolk County Council the Living Wage was identified as one action the council could take to improve the lives of those people providing home care services to the most vulnerable in Suffolk.
Continue reading Labour call for Living Wage for Home Care staff