CRG Healthcare takes over Allied Healthcare contracts
One of Britain’s largest home care providers has been sold after nearly going bankrupt. Allied Healthcare, which provides services to 13,500 people across 150 local authorities, as well as out-of-hours GP services for the NHS, has been bought by Health Care Resourcing Group, which trades as CRG Healthcare. On 5 November, Allied Healthcare issued a warning to local authorities that it could not guarantee to deliver services past the end of the month. Since then, many local authorities have sought to transfer services to other providers, meaning it is unclear exactly what CRG takes over with this deal. Allied Healthcare employs 8,700 people. It had to agree an emergency rescue plan with creditors in May, with local authority budget cuts, April’s minimum wage rise and staffing issues cited as factors.