More revelations continue to show the serious problems with social care in Suffolk, says David Ellesmere, Leader of Ipswich Borough Council and Labour's Parliamentary Candidate.
Care workers who transferred to Care UK when Suffolk County Council privatised its care homes are facing pay cuts of 12% when they move to newly-built homes. Some are only being paid 20p above the Minimum Wage.
Understandably many are leaving, which has led to a big shortage of experienced staff – inevitably a big factor in the problems at the new homes.
It’s becoming ever clearer that this isn’t just a Care UK problem. The County Council has revealed that there are 12 care homes across Suffolk that have been banned from taking new admissions
Independent health and social care consumer champion Suffolk Healthwatch report that they received an unusually high number of calls following my column last week. They have already made some referrals to the Care Quality Commission as a result.
If you or a relative have been affected by poor care in Suffolk, Suffolk Healthwatch want to hear from you on 01449 703949 or firstname.lastname@example.org