Westminster City Council is seeking a new operator for a £24m care home after its preferred partner, Sanctuary Care became the subject of a police investigation.
The move came after five staff were suspended at Sanctuary Care’s Garside House in Pimlico (pictured) following abuse allegations in November.
Garside House was subsequently rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection in the same month.
The 84-bed Beachcroft House, which will provide care for elderly and disabled residents, is scheduled to open later this year, South London Press reported.
Councillor Heather Acton, the council’s cabinet member for health and family services, said: “Whilst we are still working through the details, it remains our priority to have a high quality care service in place within a time frame that enables the managed, smooth transition of residents into their new home at Beachcroft.”
Following the police investigation, opposition councillors have argued that Beachcroft should be run by the council.
Local Labour leader and Councillor Adam Hug said: “We think the contract for Beachcroft should be in-house, but the council has been reluctant.
“The advantages would be greater awareness of what’s going on at the care home day-to-day, greater ability to integrate with other council services, and control over staff pay and conditions.”