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Care boss calls for councillor’s resignation after ‘greedy developer’ jibe

Posted on September 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care boss calls for councillor’s resignation after ‘greedy developer’ jibe

The boss of an award winning Cheshire-based care home company is calling for the resignation of a Warrington councillor after what

he considers to be inaccurate, inappropriate and misleading comments were made about a planning application submitted by his business for new care facilities in Lymm.

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Lymm North and Thelwall, Ian Marks, made the comments about the proposed application for a multimillion pound care facility on the site of the Macdonald Hotel on Whitbarrow Road, accusing the company of “gross overdevelopment” and of being a “greedy developer completely ignoring the community in which the site is located.”

Director of McGoff Group Chris McGoff, has hit back, accusing the Councillor of hypocrisy and saying there were many flaws in his argument that could ultimately mislead the local community and adversely affect future levels of quality care that could be delivered … Read More »


Do as you would be done by

Posted on September 24th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I have been contacted by a man who is unhappy about the “administration fee” which some providers charge when someone becomes a resident in a care home. In this man’s case the provider charged the family an adminstration fee of £980 – the exact equivalent of one week’s care fees.

The man has written to the provider asking for an explanation of the direct relationship between one week’s care fees and the adminstration charge, requesting a detailed breakdown of administration performed. I do not know whether he has received a reply.

While I am sure that providers do incur some additional costs when admitting someone as a resident, £980 seems a bit steep and the equivalence to one week’s care fees does smack of the kind of rapacious commercial practice which has given the private sector a … Read More »


Public/private integration of social care is the first challenge

Posted on September 20th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on Public/private integration of social care is the first challenge

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I think the phrase ‘put your own house in order first’ comes from the Bible; whatever its provenance, it certainly comes to my mind whenever I hear talk of health and social care integration.

Being one big household would bring a lot of benefits but each side, health and social care, should try to avoid bringing problems with them.

The NHS is not entirely without problems, some of which are only likely to go away once it begins to look at social care as an equal partner, but I think it is yet to cotton-on to the idea of systems with flexibility to meet people’s needs, rather than people having to fit in with a rigid system.

Social care is in no better position, but with us it’s more about commissioning and public funding, with private providers pragmatically focusing … Read More »





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