Tory cuts blamed for care home failings

Cressington Court

A Liverpool care home owner has blamed Tory cuts after his service was rated Inadequate by the CQC.

Cressington Court, which is run by Timaru Care TA Cressington Court Limited, was placed into Special Measures following an inspection by the CQC in November (see Liverpool care home placed in Special Measures).

Timaru Care Director Irene Sanderson told the Liverpool Echo: “This happened because of the reduction in fees and shortage of reliable nurses. We just don’t get paid enough, and haven’t been able to recruit nurses to look after people.

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“It’s central government which doesn’t give councils enough, because people in Westminster have no idea what goes on day to day in care homes. The council are a lot better but their hands are tied.

“It’s extremely sad. I’ve been in the care business for 28 years, have lost an awful lot of money and wanted to pass this business on in the family, but it’s not worth it.

“The agencies are killing homes – nurses can cost you up to £54 an hour.”

In its inspection report, the CQC said the service had sufficient staff numbers to meet people’s needs while noting a recent reliance on agency staff which had since been addressed.

The regulator added that staff training was not always up to date or consistent. Half of staff at the service had not received training in safeguarding vulnerable people or the MCA, although the majority had achieved NVQ level qualifications and appeared to have the necessary skills and knowledge to support people safely, the CQC noted.

Issues around medicine administration and the management structure of the service were also highlighted by the CQC.

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