Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Half of Brighton's Day Care Providers Failing To Meet Council Targets

News that half the registered day care providers used by adults with mental health problems in Brighton & Hove failed to meet the council’s own target service level has led to strong criticism of Brighton & Hove City Council.

A report considering the performance and monitoring of services for working age adults found that of 17 providers of day care services for those with mental health problems, only 8 met the council’s own service level targets. *

Keith Taylor, who yesterday addressed the Adult Social Care and Health Cabinet Member meeting considering the report, said he was shocked to hear that over half the city’s day care providers were deemed to be sub-standard.

“For the Tory-run council to allow this situation to drift without an immediate action plan to rectify the problems is letting service users down and failing in their responsibilities to the city," he added.

"We need swift decisive action to right this wrong, and we are calling on Cllr Ken Norman to get this problem solved without the delay of waiting for a once-year review.

“To entrust people with mental health problems to be cared for by agencies without agreed service levels in place is a negation of duty.

“With the number of these providers set to increase dramatically it’s difficult to have faith that the Tories will be able to exert any meaningful control over them, which could lead to increased risks for the vulnerable individuals in their charge.”

The full report can be viewed here.

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