MP David Ward says care homes should be better monitored

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: MP David Ward MP David Ward

Concerns about the quality of care homes in the district have been raised by an MP as part of his research into social care.

David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, said that as part of his Reforming Social Care: Voices from Bradford East report, he found that residents had voiced concerns about the quality of care – although it is unclear whether the concerns were about local authority-run or independent sector homes.

“It is particularly about the attitude and competence of a minority of care workers,” Mr Ward said.

“In particular, there was a general feeling that the standard of care in most residential care homes leaves room for improvement.”

There are about 100-plus residential homes across the district, including those with specialist and nursing services, according to Bradford Council’s Bradford Care Directory.

An Alzheimer’s Society report published yesterday says fewer than half of dementia sufferers living in care homes across the country enjoy a good quality of life and that society has such low expectations of care homes that people are “settling for average”.

Mr Ward said: “While it has already introduced some welcome measures to increase the quality of care, there is a strong argument for Bradford Council to take a greater role in driving up standards among independent sector care providers.”

His report was designed to give residents of Bradford a voice in shaping the reforms proposed within the Draft Care and Support Bill.

It will be submitted as evidence to the Joint Committee scrutinising the legislation which will address the growing needs of an ageing population and how care for them can be funded.

On the care home issue, he said: “There was also overwhelming support in our survey for the imposition of stricter quality standards on care homes and residential care providers.

“Up to 36 per cent of respondents ranked this first or second on a list of four possible measures to improve standards in social care.

“With the introduction of the Bradford Quality Assessment Framework we believe that the Council should use this opportunity to take a greater role in assessing the quality of independent sector care providers.”

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10:04am Wed 27 Feb 13

collos25 says...

Should not Mr Ward be saying something about the proposed rise in Council Tax and getting it stopped or does that not matter to him
Should not Mr Ward be saying something about the proposed rise in Council Tax and getting it stopped or does that not matter to him collos25

10:46am Wed 27 Feb 13

Albion. says...

How exactly is Mr Ward supposed to stop a council tax rise when he is nothing to do with the council and the percentage rise is below the stipulated 2%?
His comments as reported here, seem a bit pointless unless whoever is responsible for the shortfall in quality can be identified.
How exactly is Mr Ward supposed to stop a council tax rise when he is nothing to do with the council and the percentage rise is below the stipulated 2%? His comments as reported here, seem a bit pointless unless whoever is responsible for the shortfall in quality can be identified. Albion.

2:58pm Wed 27 Feb 13

collos25 says...

I always assumed that Mr Ward was an MP for Bradford maybe I was wrong.
Ah wait a minute he is a an MP in Bradford and as such could state he is against the rise or for the rise in council tax.Don´t forget its a massive rise while all services are to be cut .
I always assumed that Mr Ward was an MP for Bradford maybe I was wrong. Ah wait a minute he is a an MP in Bradford and as such could state he is against the rise or for the rise in council tax.Don´t forget its a massive rise while all services are to be cut . collos25

3:22pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Albion. says...

collos25 wrote:
I always assumed that Mr Ward was an MP for Bradford maybe I was wrong.
Ah wait a minute he is a an MP in Bradford and as such could state he is against the rise or for the rise in council tax.Don´t forget its a massive rise while all services are to be cut .
He could state anything about anything, but it wouldn't make any difference.
If you actually read the council report on this years council tax, it does actually list new services which are coming in this year, so all services are not being cut.
Whatever band anyone is on, I don't see 1.9% as a massive rise.
“With the introduction of the Bradford Quality Assessment Framework we believe that the Council should use this opportunity to take a greater role in assessing the quality of independent sector care providers.”
Hopefully they will.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: I always assumed that Mr Ward was an MP for Bradford maybe I was wrong. Ah wait a minute he is a an MP in Bradford and as such could state he is against the rise or for the rise in council tax.Don´t forget its a massive rise while all services are to be cut .[/p][/quote]He could state anything about anything, but it wouldn't make any difference. If you actually read the council report on this years council tax, it does actually list new services which are coming in this year, so all services are not being cut. Whatever band anyone is on, I don't see 1.9% as a massive rise. “With the introduction of the Bradford Quality Assessment Framework we believe that the Council should use this opportunity to take a greater role in assessing the quality of independent sector care providers.” Hopefully they will. Albion.

4:15pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Yorkshire Lass says...

I think Mr Ward is making a valid point but any senior citizen in Bradford will tell him that not only care homes will be in crisis soon but also sheltered housing as some have been closed and not replaced. Also semi-sheltered housing lost their wardens last year so in view of the ever increasing older population, they should be spending much more, not cutting back.
I think Mr Ward is making a valid point but any senior citizen in Bradford will tell him that not only care homes will be in crisis soon but also sheltered housing as some have been closed and not replaced. Also semi-sheltered housing lost their wardens last year so in view of the ever increasing older population, they should be spending much more, not cutting back. Yorkshire Lass

4:26pm Wed 27 Feb 13

mad matt says...

Returning to the subject of the article, all he needs to do is have a chat with some of the workers from the care homes - the horror stories most of them can tell would make him shudder!
Returning to the subject of the article, all he needs to do is have a chat with some of the workers from the care homes - the horror stories most of them can tell would make him shudder! mad matt

4:34pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Albion. says...

mad matt wrote:
Returning to the subject of the article, all he needs to do is have a chat with some of the workers from the care homes - the horror stories most of them can tell would make him shudder!
There needs to be a proper set up which is well publicised, for any potential whistleblower to use safely.
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: Returning to the subject of the article, all he needs to do is have a chat with some of the workers from the care homes - the horror stories most of them can tell would make him shudder![/p][/quote]There needs to be a proper set up which is well publicised, for any potential whistleblower to use safely. Albion.

8:29pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

“Whistleblower to use safely”

This shall never happen; Whistle-blowers shall always be seen by the powers that be as unfortunately contemptible. You only have to look at the historical treatment of them.
“Whistleblower to use safely” This shall never happen; Whistle-blowers shall always be seen by the powers that be as unfortunately contemptible. You only have to look at the historical treatment of them. Outraged English Subject

11:51am Thu 28 Feb 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I'd be looking into restrictive and obstructive parking around an old peoples complex within your ward Mr Ward.

You have had numerous contacts in relation to this. My vote will be elsewhere this next time.
I'd be looking into restrictive and obstructive parking around an old peoples complex within your ward Mr Ward. You have had numerous contacts in relation to this. My vote will be elsewhere this next time. Prisoner Cell Block A

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