Care homes to be back in the control of council

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All council-run care homes in Central Beds are set to go back to the management of Central Beds in July.

Care provider Bupa Care Homes currently manages the seven care homes in Mid Beds, including Ferndale in Flitwick.

Its contract finished in 2010, but since then it agreed various extensions with the council.

However, it has decided not to extend the contract again when it runs out on July 31.

Ruth Yates, director of partnerships at Bupa Care Homes said: “We are committed to ensuring a smooth handover to a new operator with no disruption to the homes’ residents.

“We are proud to have provided excellent care to many hundreds of residents in the homes over the past 14 years.

“We would like to thank all the excellent people who work in the homes for their support and dedication over that time.”

Julie Ogley, director of social care, health and housing at Central Beds Council said: “The council is preparing to take back the management of seven council-owned residential care homes for older people that have been managed by Bupa on our behalf for 14 years. Our priority is to ensure the wellbeing of all of the homes’ residents and staff by ensuring a smooth handover to the council.”

Further details on the proposals will go towards the Executive in April.