Row deepens over Care UK home’s empty beds

A row has deepened over a drop in Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) admissions threatening the future of a Care UK home.

Care UK earlier this month warned that Meadow Court in Goodmayes could be closed after Redbridge CCG said it was reviewing its contract to fund the care of people at the home following a fall in admissions over a number of years (see CCG review threatens Care UK home).

Residents’ families have now informed the Ilford Recorder that they were told by a whistleblowing consultant that staff were not allowed to refer patients to the home.

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Michael Berry, who had a family member at Meadow Court, told the Recorder: “When someone died and the room became vacant it was never filled up – it is criminal.”

Redbridge CCG said a steady decline in the number of admissions to the home had left it with a large number of empty beds that it was continuing to pay for.

The CCG is proposing to end its contract with Meadow Court and send people to another home of their choice.

A Care UK spokesperson said: “We do not have any influence over the referral of people into these NHS-funded places. Meadow Court is a purpose built home which has been rated as Good by the CQC but clearly take up locally has not been in line with the CCG’s expectations.”

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