Council to lose beds after CSCI inspection

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

Stoke on Trent City Council has closed 20 bed spaces in council-run care homes after an inspection showed that fire regulations were being breached. Fire officers and Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) officers told the council to increase the number of fire exits and improve alarm systems at its care homes. During refurbishment work 35 bed spaces were lost and the council has now confirmed that 20 of the beds will be lost permanently. Local health campaigners have indicated they are worried that the bed losses could be the first step to privatisations and closures but the council has denied this. “We have no plans to privatise our residential homes for older people and welcome this programme of improvements,” said a council spokesman. “In early 2005 a standard inspection by the CSCI, in conjunction with our own fire officers, found areas in need of improvement. These included reducing the size of open areas to include more fire doors and updating the electronic fire panels. “As a result of

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