Lancashire county council to cut numbers of homecare providers

Chorley Citizen: Jennie Hadfield, right, chats with iCare carer Judith Casey at a clients and carers forum at Newbarn Court, Blackburn Jennie Hadfield, right, chats with iCare carer Judith Casey at a clients and carers forum at Newbarn Court, Blackburn

LANCASHIRE county council has defended plans to cut the number of homecare providers to the disabled and elderly amid fears the change will reduce choice and quality.

The authority wants to slash the number of companies giving ‘domiciliary support’ to 5,600 people from 129 to 30.

County Hall bosses promise this will ensure consistent quality support and lead to better conditions for workers.

Critics claim smaller providers with a “tried and tested” record will be forced out by cheaper, large agencies.

Around 150 companies are expected to tender for a ‘preferred providers’ list covering the county council’s 12 boroughs, including Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Rossendale and Chorley.

Walter Park of Burnley Over 50s Forum said: “We need to ensure clients get the choice and quality of care they want. The county seem to prefer dealing with a smaller number of larger providers for everything. There are concerns about this.”

Christine Fish, of Crossroads Care Ribble Valley said: “Our clients need to be sure they get the choice of provider they want.”

Pendle Tory MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I don’t want to see high quality smaller providers of home care squeezed out. People deserve choice and this seems the wrong way to go.”

Mel Close, chief executive of Disability Equality North West said: “They are going from 129 providers people have tried and tested to something that shows who can do it for the cheapest prices. Unit price will come out higher for smaller providers. I think they are just going to get squeezed out.”

County community services boss and Burnley councillor Tony Martin said: “Homecare providers and the county council agree we need to reduce the number of agencies. Any changes will need to be managed sensitively. We believe the new agreements will lead to an even better quality of service.”

Blackburn with Darwen is reviewing arrangements for home care services and will put forward proposals shortly.

 

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4:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

drunken donut says...

This is a massive retrograde step, the "Carers" that looked after my mother were at best incompetent and at worse criminally negligent, this is despite trying 3 different agencies. Some of the "Carers" could barely speak English and the level of care she received from most of them would shame a third world country.
This is a massive retrograde step, the "Carers" that looked after my mother were at best incompetent and at worse criminally negligent, this is despite trying 3 different agencies. Some of the "Carers" could barely speak English and the level of care she received from most of them would shame a third world country. drunken donut

5:19pm Wed 11 Dec 13

mavrick says...

This type of care provision should never have been removed from the public sector. It was supposed to be the be all and end all in care in the community. What a load of tosh. It is about cost, The coalition government has slashed public spending beyond all that is reasonable. The Tories onslaught on the public services is unrelentimg, they keep saying we are broke but their mates who have failed at the highest level walked away with big pay off's. Again we at the bottom suffer,
This type of care provision should never have been removed from the public sector. It was supposed to be the be all and end all in care in the community. What a load of tosh. It is about cost, The coalition government has slashed public spending beyond all that is reasonable. The Tories onslaught on the public services is unrelentimg, they keep saying we are broke but their mates who have failed at the highest level walked away with big pay off's. Again we at the bottom suffer, mavrick

5:45pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Biggy12 says...

Agree 100% with drunken donut.the level of care these providers give is a shambles and that's without mentioning the local reprobates they employ.LCC needs to revamp its care policy and do more to ensure the vunrable adults that need vital care get it to a satisfactory level.I also speak from personal experience.
Agree 100% with drunken donut.the level of care these providers give is a shambles and that's without mentioning the local reprobates they employ.LCC needs to revamp its care policy and do more to ensure the vunrable adults that need vital care get it to a satisfactory level.I also speak from personal experience. Biggy12

5:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

drunken donut wrote:
This is a massive retrograde step, the "Carers" that looked after my mother were at best incompetent and at worse criminally negligent, this is despite trying 3 different agencies. Some of the "Carers" could barely speak English and the level of care she received from most of them would shame a third world country.
WELL THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO CARE QUALITY COMMISSION AND I AM SURE THEY WOULD HAVE INVESTIGATED AND PUT IT TO RIGHT. I AGREE THAT THE CARE PROVIDED BY THESE 3 AGENCIES SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOP, AS THIS IS WHAT IS EXPECTED.

I CAN-NOT BELIEVE THAT LCC IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING CUTTING DOWN SO MUCH IN NUMBERS BUT THEY DO CARE, I DOUBT THEY DO.

ONE QUESTION FOR LCC. ARE YOU NOT FAILING YOUR DUTY OF CARE FOR THESE PEOPLE?
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: This is a massive retrograde step, the "Carers" that looked after my mother were at best incompetent and at worse criminally negligent, this is despite trying 3 different agencies. Some of the "Carers" could barely speak English and the level of care she received from most of them would shame a third world country.[/p][/quote]WELL THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO CARE QUALITY COMMISSION AND I AM SURE THEY WOULD HAVE INVESTIGATED AND PUT IT TO RIGHT. I AGREE THAT THE CARE PROVIDED BY THESE 3 AGENCIES SHOULD HAVE BEEN TOP, AS THIS IS WHAT IS EXPECTED. I CAN-NOT BELIEVE THAT LCC IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING CUTTING DOWN SO MUCH IN NUMBERS BUT THEY DO CARE, I DOUBT THEY DO. ONE QUESTION FOR LCC. ARE YOU NOT FAILING YOUR DUTY OF CARE FOR THESE PEOPLE? glossopkid

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