Allied Healthcare has not found a Bournemouth buyer, it says


Health care provider, Allied Healthcare, has not secured a new firm to take over its contract with Bournemouth council, it says, despite a cabinet member saying otherwise.

Allied Healthcare previously announced it was looking to sell or transfer all of its home care contracts following a warning from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC said it had a “duty” to publish a notice warning that the company had less than a month’s funding in place.

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Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at CQC, said: “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.”

Following the warning, Allied Healthcare announced plans to sell off its home care contracts after re-evaluating its ‘long-term business plan’.

The Bournemouth Echo reported that Cllr Blair Crawford, Bournemouth council’s cabinet member for adult social care, had previously said that he understood a buyer had been found.

Blair said: “As far as we are concerned Allied Healthcare may have found a buyer in our area, so it doesn’t look like it will be as bad as it could have been here.”

However, a spokesperson for Allied Healthcare said that no deal had been reached for the selling or transfer of its contract with the council.

A spokesperson said: “Nothing has yet been agreed for Bournemouth. The council will be informed as soon as anything is arranged.”

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