Leading health watchdog concerned about the future of Allied Healthcare

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed deep concern about the future of Allied Healthcare.

Allied Healthcare is one of the UK’s largest healthcare providers and announced in April that they planned on applying for a Company Voluntary Arrangement to restructure their debts.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, chief inspector of adult social care at CQC, said: “Allied Healthcare has been able to confirm funding until 30 November 2018. However, we have not received adequate assurance that the company has, or will have, the ongoing funding or new investment necessary to ensure the business can operate beyond this date.

“We have encouraged Allied Healthcare to provide us with a realistic financially backed plan to support the future sustainability of the business, and given them every opportunity to do so, but they have failed to provide adequate assurance regarding future funding.”

Allied Healthcare provides care for up to 84 local authorities and CQC has now informed all of them of the situation.

“We are doing this now to give local authorities as much time as possible to plan for maintaining continuity of care for people relying upon services from this provider, should this be required. Local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure continuity of care for everyone using an adult social care service in the event that it ceases to operate.

“I understand this is a very unsettling time for everyone who uses Allied Healthcare’s services, their families and loved ones, and staff. We will continue to work closely with Allied Healthcare and all of our partners – the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and NHS England (NHSE) so they can inform the organisations responsible for commissioning people’s care – to make sure appropriate action is being taken in the interests of people’s continuity of care if this proves necessary.

“It is of course possible that the company is able to avoid service disruption, and if that is the case, we will revise our position accordingly.”

Allied Healthcare is one of 59 adult social care providers within CQC’s Market Oversight Scheme.

 

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