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Shame as care services fall to just 'adequate'

SOLIHULL’s adult social services have been criticised in a new report by the national care watchdog.

SOLIHULL’s adult social services have been criticised in a new report by the national care watchdog.

The local authority was one of eight named and shamed by the Care Quality Commission, which published its findings yesterday.

Failings in certain areas saw Solihull’s overall rating drop from “well” to “adequate” and now Government advisors will be drafted in to help improve standards.

Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for healthier communities, said: “We recognise and take seriously the need for improvement and are utterly committed to working with the Care Quality Commission, Solihull Care Trust and other partners to improve services for the local community.

“It’s important to make clear that no one is saying that services in Solihull are not safe or secure, what the CQC has said to us is that we need to improve the pace of progress.”

Although the report was only published this week, Coun Sleigh said that the council had been aware of the findings for some time and was already looking at ways to improve.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said: “My main concern is that my constituents are not getting the standard of care that they might expect from the care trust.”

Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull, said she was “dismayed” by the news: “I think the authorities have got to take advice and accept the help that’s been offered to them.”

The other councils which will face greater scrutiny are Bromley, Cornwall, Peterborough, Poole, South Tyneside, Southwark and Surrey.

 

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