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
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 Shadow Spokesperson for Health and Adult Care, Cllr Sarah Adams, challenged the punitive cuts to the Adult and Social Care budget proposed by the Conservative administration on Suffolk County Council at the Scrutiny Committee meeting last Thursday.
Continue reading Cuts will cause long term damage
Labour councillors have uncovered shocking figures that reveal the true extent of the use of zero hours contracts in the Suffolk care system.
Continue reading 37,000 Suffolk care workers on zero hour’s contracts