CARE for Solihull’s pensioners needs to improve - that’s the stark message from local MP Lorely Burt.
Her call comes after the borough’s adult social services got a mixed report from an independent watchdog.
The services provided to local people were rated as “adequate” after an inspection earlier this year. Now Mrs Burt has called on the Council and Solihull NHS Care Trust to improve the standards of care available - particularly to older people.
Mrs Burt said: “Solihull Council and Care Trust have received bare pass marks on their performance in provision of care services to vulnerable older people.
“I will be seeking reassurances that we can raise the bar for looking after vulnerable older people; and look forward to early signs of improved performance”
Following the verdict from the Care Quality Commission, the authorities have drawn up an action plan and are hoping to improve their performance.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for health, social care and partnerships, said: “Overall we feel this is a fair judgement. However, we don’t want to be adequate and have already put measures in place to improve our services.”
Although the watchdog has marked some areas to improve, Solihull NHS Care Trust highlighted services which had been praised in the report - including the speed of referrals and assessments and the reablement services.
The full report is now available at www.cqc.org.uk.