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Damning Care Homes report is a blight on Leeds

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 6 January, 2019

A deep concern about the future of social care provision in Leeds was the most overwhelming message from Wetherby Liberal Democrats’ recent survey of opinions in the Wetherby ward.

And no wonder people are so worried that care provision will be inadequate for ordinary people if they require it at any time of their lives.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has just publicised a damning report that shows 28 Care Homes require improvement according to a study carried out by the Care Homes Commission.

Leeds City Council’s Labour council – a Labour council – planned to sell off ALL its council-run homes because it claimed it could no longer afford to refurbish them because of the massive cutbacks in the Conservative central grant that has affected councils throughout the country.

Four ultimately survived after committed community campaigns by the Liberal Democrats in Rothwell and Otley, and by Morley Independents.

Primrose Hill – the only council-run care home in the Wetherby/Boston Spa area – was not saved as the Conservatives failed to mount a successful protest.

According to the Care Quality Commission many of those private homes now need to get their act together.

To protect the profit margin, many operators are concentrating on the luxury end of care, but where does this leave older people on limited incomes?

According to this report, even if by some miracle there are enough care homes for all who need them, they are still left with plenty to worry about.

We’re often told we should be more like other cultures that traditionally care for relatives within the family home.

However, our economy has developed by encouraging potential carers to enter the workplace instead, and we already do have millions of carers looking after loved ones at home, more often than not taking a financial toll for doing so.

The Liberal Democrats in Leeds will continue to call the city to become truly age-friendly where care provision is central to our communities and where elderley people can be surrounding by those they love.

A Council that is not focused only on privatisatisation that would work to create a thriving multi-sector approach to community care.

Background:

The Care Quality Commission was established in 2009 to regulate health and social care services in England..

It regulates private and local authority-run homes, along with GP surgeries and hospitals, and has a team of inspectors who carry out both pre-announced and surprise visits.

There are four ratings: Oustanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate.