Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has outlined his plans to regulate care homes, saying:
We want to make sure every person receiving care and support will continue to get the care they need if a provider exits the market, regardless of whether they are paid for by the state, or pay for care themselves.
Southern Cross demonstrated that we need greater oversight of providers' finances and better plans to support people if their independent provider goes out of business.
Mr Lamb added:
We want to make sure care providers have plans in place to get their finances back on track and if this is not possible then a co-ordinated exit from the market happens. This will mean care service users know their needs will continue to be met.
Nottingham City Council said it was made aware of issues surrounding residents' well-being at the end of last week.
According the Care Quality Commission website, the residential facility in Herbert Road cared for elderly adults aged over 65.
Specialisms included dementia and diagnostic and screening services.
We took this action to ensure the safety and well-being of those residents and in response to the owners of the home informing us at short notice that they intended to close the home. Due to serious concerns about the standard of care and the well-being of residents at the home, we suspended our contract with the private provider and put in a team of our own staff to manage the care of the residents over the weekend."
– Ian Curryer, Nottingham City Council's director of adult social services
Pauline Slaughter, the daughter of a 90-year-old woman who died after neglect at a Bupa care home has said she "hopes change can be brought about", after the judge criticised the care home operator for 'putting profits over patients'.
Joyce Farrow was being treated for dementia at Stonedale Lodge in Liverpool.
Karen Southern, convicted of wilfully neglecting 90-year-old woman at a Bupa care home, has been given a suspended sentence. Joyce Farrow was being treated for dementia at Stonedale Lodge in Liverpool.
The care home operator Bupa has been criticised by a judge for 'putting profits over patients', after a 90-year-old woman in one of its homes was left to crawl naked around her dirty room.