Scorn poured on proposed sell-off by St Helens Council

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

A proposal by St Helens Council in Merseyside to sell four of its residential homes to private sector companies has drawn bitter criticism from the St Helens and Knowsley Care Homes Association. St Helens will ask interested companies to carry out market testing over the next nine months to assess the viability of the move. Councillor Leon McGuire said the proposals were a “toe-in-the-water” exercise aimed at securing the best future for the homes and residents. “Throughout this exercise, securing the long term quality of care must and will remain our uppermost concern and we will be working closely with residents, their carers and staff,” said Cr McGuire. Health chiefs are reported to have agreed to also consider a community-based ownership model proposed by the staff members1 unions. However, St Helens and Knowsley Care Homes Association chairman Richard Hall-Turner said the Council had, for years, ploughed money into their own Part 3 homes simply to placate unions. “There cannot be many local authorities t

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