A High Court hearing of CMA proceedings against Care UK has been adjourned to May 2021 following a request from the care home provider.
The hearing, which had been scheduled for July, concerned proceedings to seek redress for residents charged a compulsory upfront administration fee, which have been fiercely contested by Care UK.
A Care UK spokesperson said: “We do not accept the Competition and Markets Authority’s views on the charging of upfront administration fees and will continue to defend ourselves against the legal action being brought against us by the CMA.
“However, the wellbeing of residents remains our absolute priority and we remain focused on delivering high quality care. Given that, since March, our energies have been fully directed towards keeping residents safe and well cared for throughout the pandemic, it was necessary for us to seek an adjournment from the court in order to allow us time to prepare. The CMA was aware that we were making this request.”
The CMA launched action to support care home consumers’ rights following the publication of its Care homes market study report in November 2017.
The consumer watchdog secured £2m in compensation for Sunrise Senior Living residents following an investigation into compulsory upfront fees in May 2018.
It announced it was launching court proceedings against Barchester Healthcare earlier this year.