Tag Archives: Older care

Wokingham becomes first council to privatise social care

Will others follow this?  It is ok when things work well but when things go wrong the councils will be left to pick up the pieces.

Wokingham becomes first council to privatise social care

 
June 09, 2011

Wokingham borough has become the first unitary authority in the country to set up a company to manage its provision of social care.

Optalis, a new adult social care company set up and managed by Wokingham Borough Council, began commercial operations on Monday.

The team behind the company has taken control of all council-run or commissioned adult care services.

Carers fear for their loved ones because of Southern Cross job cuts!

Does no one consider the worry this will cause to the families?

Unions fear for Southern Cross care quality after job cuts

Jeremy Dunning

Thursday 09 June 2011 09:5

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Fears are growing that staff terms and conditions could worsen and standards of care could fall after ailing care home operator Southern Cross announced plans to shed 3,000 jobs.

The company, which is fighting for its life, revealed this week it was considering slashing its workforce by 7% and the “potential implementation” of a standard contract of employment for all care workers as part of its plan to improve performance.

Among those affected are nurses, caterers and cleaners.

Council offers reassurance over crisis in care homes

Council offers reassurance over crisis in care homes

Shaun Lowthorpe Monday, June 6, 2011
8.49 AM

Fears for the elderly in care homes Fears for the elderly in care homes

They are the places we want to feel safe and secure in our twilight years.

But news that leading care home company Southern Cross is facing a dire financial crisis has sounded the alarm that the whole system is teetering on the edge.

And that is something which should alarm every generation whether it is mum, dad, grandad, grandma or child.

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