Suffolk County Council suspends 10 care home contracts

Ten private care homes in Suffolk have their contracts with the county council suspended because of concerns over the quality of care.

The local authority said it would not name the homes or their individual problems, but it was working with them to ensure care improved.

While that happens, no new people will be placed in those homes.

The figure emerged in a report written for the county council's scrutiny committee, which meets on Wednesday.

The council pays for about 2,235 places for older people in 160 privately-run care homes and for 345 places for younger adults in 66 homes.

The council said the issues with the 10 homes included concerns about care plans, training for staff, food or drink and cleanliness.

'Appropriate action'

Cathy Craig, interim service access and partnership director at Suffolk County Council, said: "We work with the home owners and if the improvements we suggest aren't implemented then we may get to the point where we have to suspend the accreditation.

"What that means is, for the period where that plan is in place, we won't put new people in that home.

"I would want people to be reassured that if the concerns were very serious we would be talking to all relatives and resident."

Sharron Cozens, director of Age UK Suffolk, said: "It's worrying that [contracts] have been suspended, but it's good that action's being taken if there are any concerns.

"I'd be more worried if we hadn't heard of any complaints, because we have to encourage people to come forward if they have concerns and then for the appropriate action to be made by the county council."

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