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Care home set to close


4:45pm 11th October 2017
(Updated 4:04pm 12th October 2017)

A care home in Lancashire is set to close it's doors.

Belgarth Care Home in Barrowford, Nelson, looks after generally older people or others with mental disabilities.

It has room for 47 residents.

But it's been confirmed that the care home will close, and residents will be moved to other sites in Lancashire.

Jackie Hanson, Chief Nurse at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group who commission beds from the care home, said:

"The closure of Belgarth Care Home is very sad, and our concern is first and foremost for the residents and the staff who will be affected by this.

"We will work with our partners to support the residents, their families and carers and staff at the home.

"As a matter of priority we will work with Lancashire County Council, and other partners to ensure the safe and careful transfer of residents to alternative homes as soon as we are able to do so.

"Care Homes play an important role in supporting health services in the area.

"I would like to thank those care homes who continue to provide excellent care for their residents across East Lancashire, and I would like to reassure the public that the CCG is working hard with all care homes in the area to support them to continue to deliver the excellent care they do day, and night."

Care home owner, Omar Ahmad has released this statement to 2BR regarding the closure:

"Due to the increasing reliance on agency nurses and carers, we have made the business decision to close Belgarth Care Home.

"The national shortage of care staff has crippled the NHS and other care home providers into paying inflated rates on temporary workers.

"We feel we have been held to ransom by agencies who have exploited this market.

"We feel let down by the CQC who do not regulate agencies and the government who have not implemented fairer trading standards when using them.

"Our residents come foremost and because we are running at a loss, I could not jeopardize their care by trying to make drastic savings.

"I would like to refute LCC's claims that we are closing for any other reason and am disappointed by their comments since we have worked so closely for 16 years.

"We will continue to work with all placement teams in relocating our residents safely to their next home."

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