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UKHCA comment on Allied HealthcareUKHCA comment on Allied Healthcare

Allied Healthcare has today (16 November 2018) confirmed that it is actively exploring the sale or transition of care and support services on a regional or contract-by-contract basis to alternative homecare providers.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"News that a substantial provider of State-funded homecare is selling or transferring services is a sad illustration of the consequences of a grossly underfunded sector, about which central and local government in all four UK-nations have been repeatedly warned.

"The priority for providers and councils working with Allied Healthcare throughout a sale or transfer must be that people who use home-based care continue to receive the support they rely on, with minimal disruption.

"We know that homecare providers across the country will use their best endeavours to take-on the services currently provided by Allied Healthcare. These providers will be making a significant contribution to their local community and the councils which have a statutory responsibility to meet people's social care needs. Providers willing to step-in will be careful to ensure that they can do so without taking risks with the quality and safety of their existing services, or their own financial viability."

"There are important considerations for our colleagues in local government to consider as a matter of urgency. Reasonable arrangements to contract with prospective providers must be put in place swiftly. Fees for these services need to be set at rates which are financially sustainable for both the short and longer term. The importance of this is particularly underlined by the immediate need to ensure that experienced, trained and committed members of the affected homecare workforce have certainty that their employment will be secure while they continue to support older and disabled people at home."

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