Almost 50 care homes in Suffolk have been rated inadequate or requiring improvement in the past year by the Care Quality Commission, the East Anglian Daily Times has discovered.
Seven homes in the county have been rated inadequate, with 40 requiring improvement.
Sarah Adams, health and adult care spokesman for the Suffolk County Council’s Labour group, told EADT that the latest inspections showed the county council’s continued failure to fulfil its responsibilities and criticised the authority’s decision to take more money out of the system for care homes.
But Rebecca Hopfensperger, head of adult care at the county council, says that standards are improving, but suggests more can be done. “The council remains vigilant about the standard of care provided in care homes and continues to intervene to provide support and guidance to homes that are not meeting the expected standard,” she told the local newspaper.
The added that the number of care homes rated good in Suffolk had risen from 15 to 73 since October last year.
Care UK has been working with the local authority to raise standards since it took over 16 care homes from the council in 2012 and was charged with replacing them with 10 new purpose built properties.
“All 16 care homes have since been returned to the council, and 9 of the 10 new homes are now open providing purpose built facilities for people with complex care needs, with Glastonbury Court (pictured above) due to open soon. The council is working with Care UK as the new services are established and to ensure that quality of care provided meets the required level,” Hopfensperger reported.