Sacked care workers’ anger at home closure

Malvern Gazette: OUT OF A JOB: Former manager Mary Corbett, right, with staff outside the Old Vicarage Care Home, which closed earlier this week. Picture by Paul Jackson. 5013476503 OUT OF A JOB: Former manager Mary Corbett, right, with staff outside the Old Vicarage Care Home, which closed earlier this week. Picture by Paul Jackson. 5013476503

SACKED workers staged a protest outside a Malvern care home after it shut its doors suddenly this week.

The Old Vicarage Care Home in Tibberton Road, Malvern, closed on Monday, less than two weeks after its eight residents were moved because of a faulty boiler.

Yesterday the 15-strong group of staff gathered outside the home asking how they would feed their family this Christmas without jobs.

Former manager Mary Corbett said they were waiting to find out if they will get their final wage on December 20 and have yet to receive their P45 documents.

Mrs Corbett said: “It all started when the boiler broke down.

The directors were in Sri Lanka so we had to get the Care Quality Commission and Worcestershire County Council.

“On Monday, December 9, they (the directors) had a meeting with us and said they couldn’t give us wages or a letter so that we could go and say our employment was terminated.

“We are stuck with nothing. We were told the closure was due to staff insufficiencies and sickness, two people have cancer.

“They are now clearing out the home.

“We are trying to sort legal advice.

“They said they would send us a letter but they haven’t.

“I am pretty angry. How am I going to feed my family at Christmas without a job?”

Wickrama Sumanasuriya, director, said the home had been forced to close after it lost a contract to provide care for the elderly.

“We lost our contract with the county council, that means we haven’t got the money.

“We have pumped £150,000 of our own money in the last two to three years. The liquidators will sort out everything.

“I am very upset about the whole thing.

“I feel really sorry for the residents, this must have been a big upheaval for them.”

Mr Sumanasuriya said staff should receive letters in the next few days and be paid in full before Christmas.

A county council spokesman said they could not comment on the homes current circumstances She said: “The county council has done everything we can to ensure the wellbeing of our residents who were at the Old Vicarage Care Home. Following a number of concerns, we liaised with residents and their families to ensure the alternative arrangements met their immediate needs.

“These residents were moved in late November and are now settled in alternative accommodation.”

Liquidator Butcher Woods confirmed that it was meeting with Mr Sumanasuriya last night but said it had yet to receive formal instructions.

When your Malvern Gazette arrived to take a photograph, police had advised the group to leave the premises as there wouldn't be any resolution that day.

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9:58pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Geep says...

Well, I have no experience of this care home. But both my mother & brother were in long term care. My brother's home in Malvern seemed to be taken over every few months by foreign investors, Even the local Social Services seemed to be at a loss with knowing what was going on.
When he died from a massive heart attack at the age of 64 the news was broken to me by a late night phone call that went like this
'Are you xxxxx's brother?'
'Yes, what's the problem?'
'Well, he's dead'.
To add insult to injury, various personal items of his entrusted to the 'safe' had vanished.
Mum's nursing home in Somerset, in contrast, kept me informed of her condition, & the local Social Workers from there were amazingly helpful.
Well, I have no experience of this care home. But both my mother & brother were in long term care. My brother's home in Malvern seemed to be taken over every few months by foreign investors, Even the local Social Services seemed to be at a loss with knowing what was going on. When he died from a massive heart attack at the age of 64 the news was broken to me by a late night phone call that went like this 'Are you xxxxx's brother?' 'Yes, what's the problem?' 'Well, he's dead'. To add insult to injury, various personal items of his entrusted to the 'safe' had vanished. Mum's nursing home in Somerset, in contrast, kept me informed of her condition, & the local Social Workers from there were amazingly helpful. Geep

4:03pm Sun 15 Dec 13

socialcareuser says...

Since the community care reforms of the early 1990’s, care providers have increasingly come from the private sector, with large multinational companies playing an increasingly important role. Social care has become a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. The safeguards needed to protect the users of these services and to make providers accountable has not grown at the same rate. Worcs County Council intends to commission even more services from within this market. The Council’s consultation “FutureLives” sets out its plans to become an "excellent commissioning-based authority that sources the right service from the right provider at the right price for the tax payer"
The budget it receives from central government for the provision of social care is to be cut by £ 80million by 2017. New and existing for -profit care providers must supply services more cheaply whilst making profits for their investors. How will they do that ?
Perhaps you and your brother have already experienced the bitter answer . You were unprotected by Worcs devalued social workers. These have become care managers to meet the needs of a cost driven system which faces melt down.
Since the community care reforms of the early 1990’s, care providers have increasingly come from the private sector, with large multinational companies playing an increasingly important role. Social care has become a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. The safeguards needed to protect the users of these services and to make providers accountable has not grown at the same rate. Worcs County Council intends to commission even more services from within this market. The Council’s consultation “FutureLives” sets out its plans to become an "excellent commissioning-based authority that sources the right service from the right provider at the right price for the tax payer" The budget it receives from central government for the provision of social care is to be cut by £ 80million by 2017. New and existing for -profit care providers must supply services more cheaply whilst making profits for their investors. How will they do that ? Perhaps you and your brother have already experienced the bitter answer . You were unprotected by Worcs devalued social workers. These have become care managers to meet the needs of a cost driven system which faces melt down. socialcareuser

4:19pm Sun 15 Dec 13

socialcareuser says...

Since the community care reforms of the early 1990’s, care providers have increasingly come from the private sector, with large multinational companies playing an increasingly important role. Social care has become a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. The safeguards needed to protect the users of these services and to make providers accountable has not grown at the same rate. Worcs County Council intends to commission more services from within this market. The Council’s consultation “FutureLives” sets out its plans to become an "excellent commissioning-based authority that sources the right service from the right provider at the right price for the tax payer"
As the budget it receives from central government for the provision of social care is to be cut by £ 80million by 2017 then those for –profit, private care providers must supply services both more cheaply and make profits for their investors. How will they do this? Perhaps the care which you and your brother received is the bitter answer. That the social workers involved did not or could not help is of little surprise. Their profession has been much devalued.
My sympathies to you and your brother.
Since the community care reforms of the early 1990’s, care providers have increasingly come from the private sector, with large multinational companies playing an increasingly important role. Social care has become a commodity to be bought and sold for profit. The safeguards needed to protect the users of these services and to make providers accountable has not grown at the same rate. Worcs County Council intends to commission more services from within this market. The Council’s consultation “FutureLives” sets out its plans to become an "excellent commissioning-based authority that sources the right service from the right provider at the right price for the tax payer" As the budget it receives from central government for the provision of social care is to be cut by £ 80million by 2017 then those for –profit, private care providers must supply services both more cheaply and make profits for their investors. How will they do this? Perhaps the care which you and your brother received is the bitter answer. That the social workers involved did not or could not help is of little surprise. Their profession has been much devalued. My sympathies to you and your brother. socialcareuser

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