Union calls on CQC to pull back on closure of two Kent care homes
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The GMB union wants the Care Quality Commission to hold-off on closing two care homes in Kent pending a full investigation.
GMB said previous CQC inspections stated that the two Orchard Care homes in Broadstairs in Kent offered a good standard of care and a decision to close the homes without explanation was an “insult to residents and staff”.
The Woodlands and Fairfield Manor care homes have been told by the CQC to close immediately. Fifty seven staff work at the two sites which up until recently cared for up to 59 residents. News that the CQC had issued a closure notice for Fairfield Manor emerged in mid-August. All staff were required to attend meetings the following week. GMB says its members have not been given reasons for the closures.
GMB senior officer Andy Prendergast said that, while all residents had been moved out of Fairfield, all the residents were still at Woodlands and that GMB understood that the formal notice of closure had not yet been made on Woodlands, although CQC had indicated that it was their intention. Meetings had been held with staff to tell them that they are going to be made redundant.
“The decision to close the homes without explanation is an insult to residents and staff of the two homes,” said Mr Prendergast.
“These homes have been their life for residents for many years and they are completely in the dark as to why they are being closed. Residents and their families have been in tears not knowing what is going on or what will be happening in the future. Staff have been left not knowing if they will be able to pay next month’s rent.
“At the very least they deserve an explanation as to what has happened to justify this extreme step, particularly when the area is already facing a shortage of care spaces for older people.”