Residents must be safe and well looked after this Christmas.

Residents must be safe and well looked after this Christmas. 

 

With Christmas fast approaching it is vital that elderly and disabled people in care homes are safe and well looked after.

 

Milton Keynes Council paid over £21 million pounds this year for senior citizens and disabled people to live in a range of care homes.

 

People are placed in over 100 different care homes. These can be as far away as Tunbridge Wells, Ryde, Market Harborough or Wrexham.

 

There has been outrage nationally following the collapse of the Southern Cross care homes company. There have also been concerns about the quality of care received by some residents of care homes. According to the  Independent newspaper (6 December) the Parliamentary Public Accounts committee found: 

“More care home companies could collapse following the Southern Cross crisis because ministers and town halls are doing too little to check their financial health, MPs warn today.

Despite the shockwaves from the failure of Southern Cross, there is still no early warning system for other firms getting into trouble, according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

The MPs also found that

“At the same time, the MPs warned, the squeeze on town hall budgets was increasing the pressure on care home operators. The committee said that council cuts could also destabilise companies as councils reduced spending on social care places.”

Cllr Nigel Long, Chair of the Milton Keynes Council Health and Well Being Select Committee has written to the Chief Executive David Hill calling for a thorough review of contracts with care providers and for a full review of the £21.677 million being spent on care service contracts.

Cllr Long said, “I am shocked to learn that MPs believe other private care businesses could go down and also that Council cuts may be making matters worse. I urgently want a proper investigation of all the Milton Keynes contracts. I want to be absolutely sure that the people are safe and properly cared for. I want to know if the care businesses are sound and if the Council is getting value for money. Most of all I want to know care home residents are safe and being well looked after this Christmas.”