Trade Union demands Birmingham care provider scraps restructuring plans


GMB, the union for care workers, is calling on care provider Country Court Care to reconsider a restructure plan at Heartlands care home in Yardley, Birmingham that will leave 34 of its 80 staff unemployed.

The organisation has branded the restructure a “disgraceful act” and said it gave no consideration to those affected. It is demanding that the care provider scraps its plans.

The care home is also set to reduce the number of government funded residents, putting “major stress” on the most vulnerable people in the care sector, according to GMB. The business was transferred to Country Court Care in January this year.

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Justine Jones, GMB Organiser said: “The consultation period with GMB has started and we are doing our utmost to prevent these changes from taking place. This is yet another disgraceful act which gives no consideration to those affected.

“At this moment, we have not been informed which members of staff are going to be made redundant so most are very fearful and concerned about their future.”

The GMB boasts 639,000 members nationwide, each of which belongs to a local GMB Branch which may be industry or workplace based.

Country Court Care Group told Care Home Professional this morning that the restructuring at Heartlands is necessray to meet future quality standards.

Marketing manager, Robb Shingles, explained: “Country Court Care believes it’s imperative that our residents receive exceptional levels of personalised care at all times; in an environment that is of a high standard for maintaining our resident’s wellbeing. Following comprehensive reviews of our refurbishment options it has come to light the building will not be fit for purpose for our residents for the foreseeable future. To meet future quality standards, Country Court Care will be investing over £5m to improve the homes environment. In order to fulfil this, Heartlands Care Home will need to partially close to facilitate the re-development of a new Care Home that will continue to offer more for our residents, staff and the elderly community.”

Shingles said the group is also investing heavily in its staff as evidenced through the investment in the Birmingham Living Wage, which is a 15% increase from the previous national minimum wage along with significant levels of training to ensure that all of staff are equipped with the skills and experience required to deliver the high standard of care that it expects.

“We are working very closely with Birmingham City Council and NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group to minimise the disruption for all of our existing residents, their families and all staff members. We aim for this work to be completed and re-open the new Care Home within 18-24 months. The new home is expected to serve the community for years to come,” he said.

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