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S5W-12057: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that Bield Housing Association is withdrawing from the care home sector; when it was first advised of this; what discussions it has had with Bield regarding the decision; what information it has regarding the reason for the withdrawal; how many residents will be affected, and what discussions it has had with other care home providers about rehousing them.

Answered by: Shona Robison 31 October 2017

The Scottish Government recognises that this will be an unsettling time for all residents, families and employees affected by the announcement by Bield Housing and Care. Our priority is to ensure continuity of service for residents with no compromise in the quality of their care.

Since being alerted to Bield's decision on 7th September 2017, officials have engaged with Bield, the Care Inspectorate and Chief Officers of Integration Authorities to ensure plans are put in place for residents. This is to ensure that residents’ care needs are a priority and that they will continue to be met in an appropriate setting. The Scottish Government is actively working with key stakeholders and this engagement will continue. Bield has indicated that there are ongoing talks with other providers that could mean a small number of homes remain open.

We understand that Bield has taken this decision because of the long term unsustainable nature of their business model.

The National Contingency Planning Group, which includes representatives from Scottish Government, COSLA, Care Inspectorate, Integration Authorities, trade unions, Bield Housing and Care and provider organisations, met on 19th October. This group considered how national and local partners can manage the impact of this decision particularly in respect of residents, their families and the workforce. Approximately 160 residents will be affected by this decision.