HC-One has abandoned plans to take over management of 12 Bupa care homes in Wales, CHP can reveal.
The transfer was due to be completed in January following the acquisition of 110 Bupa homes by HC-One in December (see Bupa transfers 110 care homes to HC-One).
A Bupa spokesperson said: “We operate 12 homes in Powys which were part of the overall transfer agreed with HC-One in 2017.
“This transfer will not take place now as planned and Bupa intends to continue to operate the homes under the current contract with Powys County Council until the end of May 2019.”
A HC-One spokesperson added: “As we grow the HC-One family, we will always act in the best interest of residents and staff. The nature of the Powys transition has been very complex, and as a result, the parties involved have decided to spend more time considering the future of the homes. It has been agreed that it is most appropriate for the homes to stay with Bupa at this time.”
The cancellation of the agreement comes after Powys County Council threatened legal action to block the deal in August last year (see Council threatens legal action over Bupa sell-off).
Leader of Powys County Council, Cllr Rosemarie Harris branded the agreement “unlawful” after revealing the council had not been involved in discussions over the deal.
A spokesperson for the council said it would take over management of the homes when the Bupa contract expires.