Future of Allied Healthcare secured

Allied Healthcare has been bought by healthcare provider CRG for an undisclosed sum, securing the future of the troubled homecare provider.

 All of Allied’s care and support services contracts, including its Primecare and Firstcall businesses, will be transferred to CRG as part of the deal so service provision to some 13,000 older and disabled people can continue under the Allied Healthcare brand.

CRG operates in health and social care and the education sector under different brand identifies – all encompassed under the Health Care Resourcing Group (HCRG).

Ian Munro, CRG group chief executive, said: ‘The Allied Healthcare name will not change – it’s very much business as usual.

‘We want to secure the long-term sustainability of Allied Healthcare, under our management. The ultimate priority for CRG is to offer an unrivalled continuity of care for all Allied Healthcare service users and provide a stable and supportive environment for all carers.’

The company said stakeholders and local authorities would need to work closely together to ensure there are no disruptions to people’s care during the transfer of services.

Earlier in the month, the Care Quality Commission  (CQC) expressed doubts that Allied had secured enough funding to ensure the business could operate beyond the end of November.

Allied subsequently told the regulator that it would be transferring all its contracts to other providers.

Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the CQC, said: ‘While the nature of any sale transaction is not within CQC’s powers to influence or determine, the company’s decision to sell its business to CRG Homecare can be seen as a reassuring development for those receiving and commissioning services and staff, as it provides greater certainty about the future after an unsettling few weeks.

‘CQC will respond quickly when assessing new registration applications from CRG Homecare where these are required to enable smooth transfers to take place, and at the same time, making sure that people’s quality of care is not compromised.

‘It is the responsibility of CRG Homecare to provide good quality care for people which can be sustained into the future and this will be monitored by our local inspection teams. As an existing provider within CQC’s Market Oversight function, we will also continue to monitor company developments carefully.’