Nursing bed provision in Hartlepool is at ‘crisis point’ following the latest home closure, a local councillor has said.
Hartlepool Council has sought assurances from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that steps will be taken to address the issues following Four Seasons’ closure of its Manor Park Care Home (pictured), the Hartlepool Mail reports.
Councillor Stephen Thomas, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s adult services committee, said: “The situation we have in town at the moment around nursing care is at crisis point. I think it’s absolutely imperative everything possible is done by the CCG in their role as commissioners of nursing provision to look at as a matter of urgency, particularly leading into the winter months and the pressures likely to come along.”
Jeanette Willis, the council’s head of strategic commissioning, said the closure of Manor Park, coupled with three other closures in January has had “a significant impact” on availability of both residential and nursing beds.
Four Seasons, which is the UK’s largest care home operator, has made a number of home closures this year after falling into debt (see Four Seasons to close dementia home).
The CQC said last week that nursing care in the UK had fallen for the first time in five years (see CQC reports first drop in nursing in five years).
Avery Healthcare managing director John Strowbridge has, meanwhile, called on the government to make nursing care more viable for care home operators (see EXCLUSIVE: Avery calls for greater nursing support).