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‘Unprecedented staffing crisis’ forces care home to relocate residents

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A York care home has relocated some residents after being forced to withdraw its specialist nursing care.

St Catherine’s Care Home in Shipton, which is run by Wellburn Care Homes, said “outside forces and the current recruitment climate” had forced its hand to withdraw its specialist nursing care much sooner than planned.

A spokesperson for the company said: “The care of our residents has and always will be our absolute priority and whilst we are extremely disappointed to be in this position through no fault of our own, the board at Wellburn had to act swiftly and decisively, to ensure the safeguarding of all of our residents.

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“We have worked alongside side our colleagues at the local authority to find alternative nursing accommodation for all those residents that require specialist nursing care, whilst continuing to provide the very best care to the remaining residents.

“Wellburn Care and St Catherine’s must now look to a future without specialist nursing care, and to launching our brand new refurbishment, which will include industry leading specialist dementia care facilities.”

Susan McKinney, the firm’s operations director, told the Mirror: “In 25 years this is the worst I’ve ever seen staffing.

“There are dedicated, talented carers leaving, who have worked in industry for a long time. They just can’t do it anymore and there are other, easier options on the table. They can take up a new job with no real pressure for, if not the same money, more money.”

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