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People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
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The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
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Written Statement - Care for People with a Learning Disability
The appalling abuse suffered by vulnerable adults at the Castlebeck owned Winterbourne View Care Home, near Bristol cannot be tolerated. Assembly Members have, understandably, sought assurances about the care provided to people who have been placed in the care of Castlebeck or any of its sister organisations.
An Assembly Member asked for advice as to whether any Local Health Board has used a Castlebeck facility or any sister organisations for the care of patients in Wales and, if so, which companies have been used and what inspections have been carried out in relation to these homes. I agreed to provide a Written Statement when this information was available.
Castlebeck does not operate in Wales. Castlebeck, however, has two sister organisations who do operate in Wales - Mental Health Care UK, a company providing specialist mental health and learning disability services, and Barchester Homes, a provider of residential care homes.
Local Health Boards have placed 43 patients in the following facilities in Wales operated by Mental Health Care UK:
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board St David’s independent hospital, Corwen
Plas Coch independent hospital, St Asaph
New Hall independent hospital, Ruabon
Highfield Park Care Home , Llandyrnog
Powys Teaching Health Board Holland House Care Home, Denbigh
The regulation and Inspection of the independent hospitals is undertaken by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). HIW has undertaken routine inspections of the three independent hospitals in North Wales within the last six months. HIW found areas of non-compliance with a number of regulations and also areas for improvement in relation to standards of care. HIW has received action plans from the three organisations and is closely following up on all matters identified. A programme of visits for 2011/12 by HIW to all independent learning disability establishments across Wales has also been commenced.
The regulation of the care home facilities at Highfield Park and Holland House is undertaken by Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW). CSSIW has recently undertaken an in-depth programme of unannounced inspections of all the Mental Health Care UK care home facilities in North Wales. CSSIW, generally, was content with the outcome of the inspections but has also highlighted areas where improvement was required.
Local Health Boards have placed 141 patients in the following facilities in Wales operated by Barchester Homes:
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Bradshaw Manor Care Home , Rhyl
Bod Hyfryd , Care Home, Flint
Rhiwlas Care Home Flint
Powys Teaching Health Board Awel y Mor Care Home , Swansea
Rhallt Care Home , Welshpool
Aneurin Bevan Health Board Awel y Mor Care Home , Swansea
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Hafan y Coed Care Home , Llanelli
Hywell Dda Health Board Maes Teilo Care Home, Llandeilo
Pant yr Odin Care Home, Ammanford
Cartref Croeso Care Home, Carmarthen
Dan y Graig Care Home, Kidwelly
Glangarnant Care Home, Ammanford
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Maes Teilo Care Home. Llandeilo
Awel y Mor Care Home , Swansea
11 Local Authorities have placed 53 patients in facilities operated by Barchester Homes.
The regulation and inspection of the facilities operated by Barchester Homes is undertaken CSSIW. All of the care homes have been subject to inspection by CSSIW and, at the present time, only one home has outstanding inspection requirements.
HIW and CSSIW will keep us informed of any issues arising from the outcome of their inspection programmes.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep Assembly Members informed.
Should Assembly Members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns, I would be happy to do so.