Lancashire slashes bureaucracy

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

Senior jobs at Lancashire county-run care homes have been scrapped as part of what has been described by their social services chief as a “package for survival”. Senior staff have been told their jobs have to go in all four local authority-owned homes in Rossendale, north of Manchester. The work of other care staff is also being scrutinised as social services officers seek to trim staffing costs to mirror those of privately-run care homes. Escalating costs at Olive House in Bacup, Ravengarth in Helmshore, Whinberry View in Rawtenstall and Brookville in Whitworth have prompted the review. Residents at the homes were called into meetings in October and told that senior jobs were to be axed. One staff memeber said: “people are very upset about it, although they realise that costs have to be looked at and cuts made. We just feel it could have been done more sensitively.” Inflexible work practices and rampant bureaucracy mean that is costs £100 per week more to look after residents in local authority homes than i

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