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Care home climbdown

Friday, May 13, 2016

CARE HOME OWNER CLIMBS DOWN OVER PLANS TO REMOVE COUNCIL AND NHS RESIDENTS

Country Court Care has moved from ‘can’t pay, can’t stay’, but we still have major concerns says GMB

Country Court Care, the owners of Heartlands Care Home, has back tracked from plans to reduce the number of residents at the home from 70 to 34 following the intervention of GMB and Jess Philips, Labour MP for Yardley.

Heartlands announced plans to reduce the number of residents at the home from 70 down to 34 last month as part of a planned refurbishment of the Yardley care home. The company confirmed that only residents funded by Birmingham City Council and Clinical Commissioning Group would be affected by the proposals. 

While the company still plans to move up to 36 residents, it has stated that all residents are being assessed to see who can be moved. Moving residents from care homes can have a devastating impact. Research shows that, in the worst cases, mortality rates can rise as high as 43%. (See notes to editors for a link to an LSE report on nursing home relocation and copies of GMB press releases).

Jess Philips, MP for Yardley, said: “I welcome Country Court Care’s change of heart. It was clearly not acceptable to treat publically funded residents worse than those that pay privately. 

I’m still concerned about moving this amount of vulnerable residents. The fact is that there are significant risks associated with moving residents from a care home and this needs to be handled with the upmost care and dignity. Country Court Care has to be aware that this isn’t just a business, this is about peoples’ home, the place where they feel safe and secure.”

Justine Jones, GMB Organiser, said “Country Court Care has moved from ‘can’t pay, can’t stay’, but GMB still has major concerns. Over half the residents from their home will have to leave which will have a huge impact on our members working at Heartlands.

Carers tell us they feel that they are too short staffed to cope with the current number of residents, but still have to provide decent care. They have to support residents and families who are worried about what’s going to happen, while facing the prospect of 35 staff being made redundant.

To make matters worse the company has now announced that it wants to remove all part-time and flexible working. The company expects staff to work a full time ‘3 on 3 off’ working pattern, irrespective of any childcare or other caring commitments.

GMB will continue to support our members through this process, but we have little confidence in a company that treats both residents and staff in this way”.

Contact: Justine Jones 07834 416067 or Samantha Jones 07834416067 or GMB press office on 07970 863 411 or 07739 182 691

Notes to Editors

1 LSE review of the available research on mortality rates following care home relocations 

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/healthandsocialcare/2013/06/21/the-impact-of-involuntary-nursing-home-relocation-on-health-outcomes-what-can-be-done-to-help/

2 GMB press release dated Friday, April 15, 2016

GMB Demand Country Court Care Scrap Restructure Which Will Leave 34 Care Home Staff Unemployed

This is yet another disgraceful act which gives no consideration to those affected says GMB.

GMB, the union for care workers, is calling on care provider Country Court Care to reconsider a restructure plan at Heartlands care home in Yardley, Birmingham that will leave 34 of its 80 staff unemployed.

The care home is also set to reduce the number of government funded residents, putting major stress on the most vulnerable people in the care sector. The business was transferred to Country Court Care in January earlier this year.

Justine Jones, GMB Organiser said, “The consultation period with GMB has started and we are doing our utmost to prevent these changes from taking place.
This is yet another disgraceful act which gives no consideration to those affected.

At this moment, we have not been informed which members of staff are going to be made redundant so most are very fearful and concerned about their future.”

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