As I said here Ipswich Labour are bogus political point scoring in regard to the new care home in Aster Road. As Conservative candidate for Gipping Ward I have been in contact with the relevant portfolio holder at Suffolk County Council.
Suffolk County Council is to stop sending any more residents to new Care UK home in the county until its staff are satisfied by the management of the company’s properties.
The blanket ban is revealed in an open letter to Suffolk residents from council leader Mark Bee and adult care spokesman Dr Alan Murray
Herethe East Anglian Daily Times reports
Meanwhile Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP and junior health minister Dr Dan Poulter wrote to the Care Quality Commission asking for it to sent inspectors in to all 14 Care UK homes in the county.
Dr Poulter, who piloted the government’s flagship care bill through the House of Commons, said it was vital all the company’s homes were given a clean bill of health after the suspension of new county council admissions at two of its new properties.
Mildenhall Lodge opened in June, but by the end of July county council admissions had been suspended after the CQC found it failed in four of the five criteria it was judged against in an inspection.
Asterbury Place in Ipswich opened in July – but last week new county council admissions were suspended after an emergency inspection by Suffolk County Council’s safeguarding team. It has not yet been inspected by the CQC.
Dr Poulter said the two incidents in two of the most modern care homes in the county had led to widespread concern in Suffolk.
In his letter to CQC chairman David Prior Dr Poulter says: “You will be aware that a recent CQC inspection of the Care UK home in Mildenhall found dangerously poor levels of care, and that Suffolk County Council were also extremely concerned by a recent visit they performed to a care home run by Care UK in Ipswich.
“As both a doctor and as a local MP I am honour bound to ask you to investigate this matter.”
Dr Poulter had recently visited two Care UK homes in his constituency, Lehmann House in Wickham Market and Paddock House in Eye and found residents happy and well looked after by experienced staff.
However he was aware that some experienced staff had left the company when new homes were built to replace existing properties and staff were offered new jobs at lower wages.
So we have Conservatives Dr Dan Poulter, Councillor Mark Bee, Dr Alan Murray and myself all acting in the interests of the residents.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Labour due to the fact that they are totally incapable of doing anything that isn’t for party political reasons, have used events to score political points rather than do what is right for the residents of care homes across Suffolk.
The bloke who wants to be MP for Ipswich, David Ellesmere says that Suffolk’s care homes are in deep trouble. Well actually David, the care home my mother is in is running perfectly. But there’s no harm in frightening relatives to obtain a hand full of votes is there?
Ellesmere talks about Fairfield House but doesn’t mention that Fairfield House is owned by Saga and not Care UK. But then Ipswich Labour never let the truth get in the way of a good story. He puts it across that until Suffolk County Council gave Care UK the contract there were no privately owned care homes in Suffolk. This is not the case. In Ipswich there has always been homes run by the likes of Sue Ryder and Bupa. But as I said, Ipswich Labour never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
Ellesmere claims that the problems arising from privatising Suffolk’s care homes were not unforeseen and Labour councillors did object, and gave warnings, at the time. No, David all you did was give an ideological objection. Conservative MP for Ipswich, Ben Gummer is absolutely right! Ipswich Labour are winding people up without reason, just to squeeze a few more votes.
Ipswich Labour should apologise for frightening residents unnecessarily while doing nothing to resolve any problems.