Homecare provider refutes regulator’s concerns about its ability to continue
November 7, 2019
Allied Healthcare, one of the UK’s biggest homecare providers, has denied that it may be close to collapse, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC), as part of its market oversight remit, wrote to 84 English local authorities who commission care services through Allied Healthcare, saying there was a “credible risk of service disruption”.
While it has announced its intention to apply for a Company Voluntary Arrangement in April to restructure its debts Allied Healthcare, which provides homecare services for about 9,300 people, said the regulator’s action was “premature and unwarranted”.
“We are surprised and deeply disappointed by CQC Market Oversight’s decision,” said an Allied healthcare spokesman.
“We have demonstrated throughout our discussions with the regulator that Allied Healthcare’s operations are sustainable and safe, that we have secured a potential replacement of our credit facility, that there is no risk to continuity of care, and that we have a long-term business plan in place that will continue to deliver quality care across the UK.
“The CQC has disregarded these assurances in spite of the robust evidence we have provided. “By issuing a Stage 6 notification, the CQC is putting significant pressure on already stretched and pressured local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. Continuity of quality care is our number one priority. We will continue to provide the services entrusted to Allied Healthcare and will work closely with all commissioners of care throughout this period.”
While Allied Healthcare has confirmed funding until the end of November, CQC said that it had not receive adequate assurance that the company can continue to operate from December onwards. The 84 local authorities affected have been told they have a duty to ensure that all pensioners receiving care from the company continue to get help, should the company go out of business