Sue Ryder threatens closure due to lack of referrals by PCT

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

Two care homes in Norfolk operated by charitable provider the Sue Ryder Foundation may have to close following a reported breakdown in an agreement with the North Norfolk Primary Care Trust (PCT). The charity says more than 100 staff and 50 residents will be affected if a buyer cannot be found to take on the homes at Walsingham, near Fakenham, and Snettisham, near Hunstanton. Sue Ryder spokesman Steve Taylor said that in 2003, the charity and the PCT had arranged to begin converting the homes to accommodate people in need of palliative and neurological care, in which the charity specialises, but since then the PCT had not referred enough patients to keep them open. “We started the process with discussions with the PCT in 2002, and in 2003 we were approached by the PCT to see if we could step in to provide palliative and neurological care,” said Mr Taylor. “Unfortunately, the promises made by the PCT over the last couple of years have not materialised. We have had virtually no referrals, and the result is care

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