The Care Quality Commission has issued a notice saying it has serious doubts about the future of Allied Healthcare.
However a spokesman for Allied Healthcare has said the company was “surprised and deeply disappointed” by the move, and that it was “premature and unwarranted” as there was no risk to services because financing had been secured.
However, the CQC said it was concerned about its prospects from the end of this month.
UK Care Agency
The care agency provides services, such as help washing and dressing, to more than 13,000 people across the UK.
The regulator has written to all the affected local authorities as they would have responsibility to step in if services are disrupted.
Earlier this year Allied announced it was struggling with debts blaming low fees paid by councils.
The regulator said it had a legal duty to warn councils that business failure was likely and services could stop.
It is important to note – especially for staff and clients that it does not mean failure will definitely happen. Just that as things stand it is deemed likely.
This is the first time a notice like this has been issued to a whole provider – previous warnings have just related to individual services.
Hopefully Allied Healthcare can get through a difficult time and continue helping the elderly in our society.
More details about the CQC report can be found here
About Deckchair Care
Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned and financed care agency. We help to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.
Currently, we do not work with councils on a contractual basis because the fees that are available are well below what is needed to provide a sustainable level of care.
We pay our staff well above the minimum wage. The level of service we offer would not be possible based on council funding alone.
However, we do work with private clients that receive council contributions to their care that they top up. We work closely with our colleagues in the council, social care and NHS departments to support clients that are referred to us.
Read more about our care service on our website here.