Care England, a body for independent providers of social care has expressed concern over a new tendering process by Birmingham City Council for care home places for people under 65.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Birmingham City Council has made it quite clear that should providers of social care for people under 65 years old not complete the tender process the Council will not be able to make any new placements and will start the process of moving existing service users to a new contracted provider in May. Yet providers should be able to make decisions that ensure the stability of the service and not be pressurised to submit tenders they do not feel comfortable with.”
Birmingham City Council is currently tendering for a range of adult social care services. The closing date for tenders is Monday 5 February.
Martin Green continues:
“We need to know urgently if current residents and their families have been warned by the Council that they may move them from their homes. Moving residents is not to be under taken lightly and it must be done with maximum advocacy and sensitivity. Councils must ensure assessments are undertaken and every effort made to minimise the worry and distress people and their families will inevitably experience. In many cases the residents in question will not have any family; their care home is their home and the staff their family. We ask that the council reassure people immediately as to their future care, security and wellbeing.”