Bupa closes failing Yorkshire care home

Bupa has announced the closure of its Hillview care home in Eston, North Yorkshire.

The home, which provides care for up to 53 people with general nursing needs, was rated Requires Improvement at its last inspection in February 2015.

Aileen Waton, Director – Scotland and North England, Bupa Care Services, said:  “Providing our residents with the best care is always our priority.  It’s with regret that we’re announcing the closure of Hillview care home.

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“Our approach is always to minimise disruption for our residents, as well as for their families and our staff. Working with the local authority and NHS partners, we’re now focused on ensuring our residents find a suitable new home to live in.”

The decision to close the home was condemned by Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Patrick Rice, Interim Corporate Director, Adults and Communities, said: “The Council are extremely disappointed with Bupa at such a sudden move by them to close Hillview Care Home, there have been ongoing concerns regarding the quality of care, however, the residents regard Hillview as their home and they have now been told that they will have to move out.

“I appreciate that this will be a distressing time for residents and their families, but we will work closely with them, as well as with the care home and health services, to ensure all residents are safely moved to a new care home.”

Cabinet Member for Adults, Cllr David Walsh, added:  “Bupa have to think again about their decision and the way they implement it.

“Re-housing over 40 elderly and vulnerable people is a task that cannot be done overnight. Talk of periods like eight weeks before the building is locked and bolted is totally insufficient to successfully and humanely undertake the delicate task of locating and booking beds in other local homes.

“The simple issue is that Bupa can afford to do this. In their last financial statement in 2016 they announced revenues of £5.3 billion and underlying profit before taxation of £261.7 million.

“Indeed, with cash flows and profits like these, why are they shutting at all? We need more capacity as our elderly population grows, not less.”

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