Labour care home motion fails in Suffolk

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Labour councillors have failed in a motion calling for more to be done to improve care home provision in Suffolk.

The motion, which asked for the Conservative-led council to stop placing people in poorly-rated care homes, to work with companies to agree payment rates that are high enough to sustain a good level of care for residents and to consider establishing a council-run training system for care home staff was voted down at a full council meeting this week, the Ipswich Star reports.

Sarah Adams, the Labour group spokeswoman for health and adult care, said: “A new council-run training programme would have improved the delivery of training for care home staff, enabling the council to maintain the quality of care across the county.

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“And the practice of placing residents in inadequate care homes is simply not good enough and has to stop.”

The Government is coming under increasing pressure from the opposition to stem the growing crisis in social care provision.

The Department of Health defended its record on social care following the release of a major report detailing rising pressures on the sector this week (see Social care at tipping point).

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