Council staff could run elderly care service

Posted on 17 March 2011

Staff working for the City of York Council may be given the opportunity to run a care service for elderly people in York that is facing privatisation.

According to the York Press, the local authority intends to outsource its reablement services to a private company in the hopes of saving around £1.2 million a year.

However, the operation of the service, which helps older people to live more independent lives, could be taken over by a mutual group of council staff, social enterprises and health organisations.

"An increase in the reablement service would bring considerable benefits for our residents, but that increase will not pay for itself," councillor Jonathan Morley, executive member for health and adult social services, told the newspaper.

"There are a number of providers capable of operating it at a cost which an in-house service cannot."

Recently, the Daily Echo reported that Southern Cross Healthcare in Hampshire is facing an uncertain future, putting people's long term care plans at risk.

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