CCG review threatens Care UK home

Meadow Court

Care UK has warned that a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) consultation on resident funding threatens the future of its Meadow Court Care Home in Goodmayes, Essex.

Redbridge CCG has announced it is reviewing its contract to fund the care of people at the home following a fall in admissions.

A spokesperson for the CCG said: “The CCG, like all NHS and local authorities, is facing significant financial challenges. We need to review our services to ensure they not only meet the needs of local people and deliver the best possible care, but also that they provide the best possible value for money.

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“As fewer people are choosing to be cared for at Meadow Court nursing home it has become clear that it is no longer providing the service people want or value for money. We are now inviting people to read about our proposed change to dementia care at Meadow Court and tell us what they think.”

A Care UK spokesperson said: “There are 22 other places in the home which we have been making available to other public sector commissioners and people who pay for their own care. Increasingly, we have found there just isn’t the demand for these places and we are concerned about the viability of the home if the CCG does choose to end the contract after this consultation.”

Care UK said the contract to provide CCG place at the home had run out in 2013 but it had been asked to provide care for up to 48 people on a rolling basis.

The provider added take up had clearly not been in line with the CCG’s expectations.

Care UK added:  “We’ve worked closely with the CCG on the consultation regarding the future of their contract for this home.  If, following the consultation, the decision is made by Redbridge CCG to end their contract with us, we will work closely with commissioners, social services, residents and their relatives to ensure that moves to new homes are carefully planned and go as smoothly as possible.  We hope that many of the team members, and at least some of the residents will be able to transfer to other Care UK homes in the area.”

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