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Consultation into care home's future set to reopen 9.02.11

The consultation into the future of one of Sutton Council's care homes is set to reopen to see if a new provider can take over its running.

Oakleigh Care Centre, in Benhill Avenue, Sutton, is the council's last remaining residential care home providing long term care and accommodation for up to 30 residents with dementia.

A final decision on its future was due next month but the council is now set to commence a further phase of consultation specifically to see if it can be transferred to a different provider.

Guidelines from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England, had previously suggested that no transfer could take place because Oakleigh's room sizes do not meet current standards.

But after Sutton Council sought clarification on the issue following the publication of new regulations, the CQC has indicated that it would now not reject an application for registration solely on the size of rooms.

Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said: "As we have promised from the start, we have listened carefully to what people have had to say – that's what the consultation has been all about.

"We want to explore this specific option so are proposing reopening the consultation for another 12 weeks and at the same time we will need to look at the feasibility of this option"

The proposal for a further phase of consultation will be discussed by Sutton Council's Executive on 1 March.

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011

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