Care for older and disabled people in Brent who receive care from Allied Healthcare are facing uncertainty tonight with the news that the company is seeking to off-load its contracts to other providers.
The Care Quality Commission had warned the company last month that it had concerns about its financial viability and issued a notice to this effect. Some council had already begun the process of finding new providers although at the time of writing it is not clear whether this includes Brent.
Allied Healthcare claimed that the CQC statement had 'negatively impacted' on the company leading to loss of customers an d affecting staff retention and recruitment.
The BBC said tonight that it understood the company had been able to extend its credit for three weeks.
Ian Hudspeth, of the Local Government Association LGA, told the BBC that councils had "robust contingency plans in place".
"Councils are confident of ensuring care for people affected and are also focused on retaining the highly valued staff that deliver these services to help keep the transition in business ownership as smooth as possible.'In 2014 the Care Quality Commission inspected Allied Healthcare provision in Brent and found it needed improvement due to concern over the safety of its clients. LINK
Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care told Wembley Matters:
We have a contingency plan to ensure vulnerable adults in Brent are supported, this is a priority for me and the department. I will update you.