Care provider pulls out of East Renfrewshire

Staff will transfer to council after company ends contract blaming recruitment difficulties

Friday 16th August 2019

A major UK care company has pulled out of East Renfrewshire because it cannot recruit and retain enough care workers.

In May, Allied Healthcare informed East Renfrewshire health & social care partnership it could no longer keep providing the care services it was contracted to.

A partnership report states this is ‘predominantly due to difficulties recruiting and retaining.’

Around 50 people are affected by the ‘unexpected’ decision. The company has a separate contract for learning disabilities care that will be unaffected.

Allied Healthcare is one of the UK’s largest care providers and provides more than 9 million hours of care nationwide each year.

The company had been using agency staff in a bid to meet the gap between the hours it had to provide and the workers it had.

Renfrewshire health and social care partnership will take on the contract and says it is sourcing additional support from other providers.