Powys County Council have this week agreed to terminate the Care contract with Reach and hand over their case load to Abacare. Provision of care is a statutory duty for Powys County Council. Both William Powell AM and Jane Dodds, Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrat Candidate, have been pressing this point continuously and asking for meetings with the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council.
William Powell AM for Mid & West Wales said today, “My office in Newtown has been continually fielding care issues across both the North and the South of the County. We have been raising these concerns with utmost urgency with Powys County Council since the abortive handover of services earlier in the year.”
“The Council has not got to grips with this and has handled the contractual arrangements appallingly. My concern is that Reach and Abacare have been working closely together up to this point, even sharing offices. I am not convinced that there will be the improvement that the elderly and most vulnerable deserve. Powys County Councils Reablement Service is now exclusively dealing with care, and bed blocking is increasing in our hospitals and is now at an all-time high.”
“Furthermore I am concerned that, whilst the CSSiW (Care and Social Care Inspectorate for Wales) report into care services provided by Reach (whose interim report was concluded 21stAugust) may well have salutary lessons both for the Company and the County Council, Reach should not be made the scape goat for the fundamental failing of Powys County Council throughout the entire process. To suggest that all is well with the care services provided by the Council and the three remaining new providers, as stated in the latest press release, simply beggars belief. My post bag and casework tell a different story throughout the County of Powys.”
Jane Dodds, Liberal Democrat Candidate today commented, “Our concern is that even now the Council will not understand the depth of problems there are for our care users who are vulnerable and often elderly. We need to know urgently that Abercare can pick up and make good the lack of carers. We must not go through the same issues that people have suffered and continue to suffer since the hand over in May.”
William and Jane will be raising this with the Lead Inspector of the CSSiW who will be signing off the final inspection report to be released shortly.