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County councillor in pledge over care of older people

Staffordshire’s social care chief has pledged to stamp out any bad practices in the care of older people.

Cllr Matthew Ellis

Cllr Matthew Ellis

County Councillor Matthew Ellis – who represents Lichfield Rural East – made his comments in response to a damning report by consumer magazine Which?

The study branded the standards of care provided for older people in their homes in the UK as “shocking and disgraceful”.

But Cllr Ellis, cabinet member for adults and wellbeing, said he would not tolerate poor care and that strict measures were being put in place in Staffordshire to ensure that vulnerable people received the highest quality services.

“The standard of care provided to older people in their own homes is of paramount importance,” he said. “People receiving this type of help are among the most vulnerable members of our community and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

“We have already been making great strides towards stamping out bad practices and will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to anyone who does not reach our exacting standards in Staffordshire.

“With an aging population it is more vital than ever before that people can maintain their independence for as long as possible. They want to stay in their own homes and deserve good quality care from well trained staff who have the time and experience to help them to do just that.

“The Which? Report has highlighted some very disturbing incidents but it is also important to remember that the vast majority of carers do an excellent job and provide a first class service for older people.

“We also want to improve the working conditions for these dedicated members of staff to ensure that they are able to perform their duties to the best of their ability.”

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1 Comment

  1. Steven Norman

    17th March, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Really? The same councillor who voted against Labour’s £19.1 million investment in services for older and vulnerable Staffordshire’s residents. The man who closed a care home for people with dementia recently?
    Steve Norman, Former Chair of SCC Labour GRoup.