BUPA plans to become a PPP partner

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Two local authorities have chosen BUPA Care Services as their preferred company to rebuild and operate care homes. Contracts are yet to be signed but, should they go ahead, the initiatives with Southampton City Council and Reading Borough Council will be the first public-private partnerships in which BUPA care Services has become involved. The Southampton partnership involves closing the authority¹s Northlands House and building a new home to provide 90 nursing and residential care beds, together with day care facilities. BUPA would run the home and the city council would use 80 per cent of the beds for local authority funded residents. Southampton Councillor Jacqui Rayment said work on the development is due to begin later this year, and be completed in 2004. “Residents in the existing Northlands home will be moved into other care homes in the interim, with an option to return as soon as the development is completed,” Cllr Rayment said. The partnership with Reading Council involves demolishing the council¹

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