Two Liverpool City Council care homes that were recently saved from closure could be bought by their private operator, it has been revealed.
Brushwood and Millvina care homes were transferred to private operator, Bloomcare, earlier this year after Shaw healthcare gave notice last summer that it was to cease provision due to “significant and unsustainable losses”.
The Liverpool Echo revealed last week that the new contract to run the homes comes with a clause enabling Bloomcare to buy them as a freehold from 2024.
The clause has caused concern amongst some residents’ families who fear they could be forced to find a new home if the ownership changes hands.
Cllr Richard Kemp, leader of the city’s Liberal Democrats, told the Echo: “I, like many others, don’t want the care home to be sold in three years’ time, and I would certainly object if it was to be used in the future for something else.”
A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council told CHP: “This is an exceptionally difficult environment for the care industry but Liverpool City Council is delighted to have been able to keep these care homes open and to have been able to reach a partnership arrangement for Bloomcare to run these brilliant homes following a detailed selection process.
“We can confirm that these the new lease insists that these homes will always be care homes, that current residents will remain, and that the staff will be taken on by the new provider.”