CONCERNS have been raised over Notts County Council’s controversial plan to sell off care homes to private owners.
In light of the situation at Southern Cross – Britain’s largest care home provider which was forced to close last week, Coun Alan Rhodes expressed his ‘grave concerns’.
Elderly and vulnerable residents and care home staff were plunged into uncertainty last week as Southern Cross collapsed.
The company became unable to pay its landlords who pulled out early from a last ditch restructuring period.
There are worries that privately owned care homes are not as financially stable as those under local authority control.
Coun Rhodes, leader of the Labour opposition, has urged council leader Kay Cutts to reconsider the planned sell-off. “The private sector cannot offer any guarantees to older people or their families that the care home that they live in will be secure in the current economic climate,” said Coun Rhodes. “I have offered the services of Labour county councillors to work cross-party with the Conservatives to find a satisfactory solution.”
The privatisation of council owned care homes was agreed in March last year as the council looked to save £200 million over five years.
A report will be produced in the Autumn.