Westminster Council has announced that it has ended the contract with Sanctuary Care to run care and nursing homes in Westminster. This decision follows on from the police investigation into deeply concerning issues about standards of care at Garside House near Vincent Square and the subsequent Care Quality Commission Report that found it to be Inadequate.

Westminster Labour warmly welcomes the Council’s decision to end the contract and to replace Sanctuary Care at Carlton Dene and Westmead. While we recognise the need for an interim solution being provided by Gold Care given the current emergency, Labour will continue to urge the Council to fully consider bringing services at the new Beachcroft facility that will replace Carlton Dene and Westmead back under direct Council control.

Labour is however deeply alarmed by reports that Central London CCG that controls Garside House, the Butterworth Centre, Athlone House and Princess Louise Kensington is planning to reappoint Sanctuary Care to continue providing care at these nursing homes. Westminster Labour have written to Central London CCG and to the Department of Health asking for an urgent clarification.

Cllr Adam Hug said “Labour is pleased that after a lot of wrangling Sanctuary Care are no longer providing care at Westminster Council’s Care Homes. However we are deeply concerned by reports that the local NHS is going to reappoint Sanctuary to provide care at Garside where it has let residents down so badly as well as its other properties in Westminster. The NHS must think again.”

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