Allied Healthcare

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on patient health and service provision in the event that Allied Healthcare cease operations.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The interruption of care services can affect the wellbeing of users and their loved ones. Local authorities have a statutory duty, under the Care Act 2014, to temporarily meet the needs of individuals when their care provider is no longer able to carry on.

The Local Government Association has said that councils have robust contingency plans in place to ensure people are safeguarded during the Allied Healthcare sale. As joint Government and sector guidance makes clear, these contingency plans should include giving people as much time as possible to make informed choices and transition to any new services in an orderly and calm way.

Cross-Government contingency plans have been enacted, and officials are working closely with Allied Healthcare, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

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