MP anger over care failings

Andy Burnham MP

Andy Burnham MP

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A LOCAL MP has ramped up his campaign to improve standards of home nursing after an official report criticised a Wigan care provider.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham wrote to the Care Quality Commission after staff at Standish-based Alpha Home Care reported allegations of service failings, including staff not having equipment and having impossible schedules of daily visits.

Now the CQC’s report has upheld the criticisms of Alpha, saying it is failing to meet the needs of people in its care.

The commission found poor communication systems between management, staff and people being looked after, “serious concerns” over the management of medicines, and a lack of quality monitoring and poor management organisation, following an unannounced inspection in January.

The CQC has now set Alpha Home Care a series of demands, and will be holding further inspections.

Leigh MP Mr Burnham is now approaching Wigan Council to take action and is asking for all options to be looked at, including terminating Alpha Home Care’s contract.

He said: “The claims are a litany of shocking failures. Now the CQC report has upheld the complaints we have made and delivered a damning verdict on Alpha Home Care. We cannot allow this sort of profiteering. To be making money from the neglect of vulnerable people is utterly shameful.”