Rushcliffe Care Group has announced the closure of Oakford Manor Nursing Home in Hadfield.
Local MP Robert Largan has contacted Rushcliffe Care Group, Derbyshire County Council and Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of concerned residents, families, and staff.
In a letter to residents and families, the Rushfield Care group said:
"Further to our ongoing collaborative working with external partners (the Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities and the Care Quality Commission) to support the home to reach acceptable standards; and also due to low occupancy within the home for the past twelve months, we have made a difficult decision to close the home.
"We are extremely sorry that we have had to make this difficult decision, as we fully appreciate the effect that this will have on the residents, relatives, friends and staff, but we will attempt to help ease the move onto alternative accommodation, as quickly as possible.
"We are liaising with the local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group to be able to give you a direct contact name and number to discuss this with, as they will be responsible for arranging a new placement for your loved one."
In response to Robert Largan MP, Rushcliffe Care Group said:
"This decision was shared with our local authority and CCG partners, and we have worked to support them and relatives/friends to find the most suitable placement to meet the needs of the individual residents.
"We fully appreciate that this is an unsettling time for the residents and their families, which is why this was not an easy decision to make."
In the Queen's Speech last May, the Government announced that it would bring forward proposals for social care reform later this year.
In Parliament, Robert has pushed the Government to work on a cross-party basis to find a long-term sustainable way to fund the social care system adequately.
Robert Largan MP, for the High Peak, commented:
"I know this will be a distressing time for residents, families and care staff at Oakford Manor in Hadfield.
“I am seeking urgent assurances from Rushcliffe Care Group, Derbyshire County Council and Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group that residents will be re-located locally to homes providing a high standard of care, and that staff facing redundancies are given proper support.
"Since being elected, I have fought hard for local services, including campaigning to save Goyt Valley House care home in New Mills.
"I know what a challenging time this has been for both staff and residents in care homes, and I would like to put on record my thanks to all those who have striven to provide continued levels of high quality care throughout the pandemic."
On Saturday, 20th February 2021, the Times reported:
"Rushcliffe Care Limited, which recorded a £7.67 million pre-tax profit in its 2019 accounts, owns Oakford Manor nursing home for the elderly in Hadfield, where inspectors found staff were not wearing sufficient PPE.
"Surjit Rai, chief executive, was named on a ‘Midlands Asian rich list’ in 2015. In May the care home said it had had eight coronavirus-linked deaths of residents. A local report said another infected resident had since died.
"A CQC report in September said that staff did not ‘routinely adhere to social distancing’. The company did not comment."