A council until recently imposed a blanket month-long delay on organising care packages for vulnerable adults in order to save money, a whistleblower has told Community Care.
Wirral Council’s policy on organising care packages advised social workers to wait four weeks before doing so unless their line managers issued a waiver, according to Andy Campbell, who was employed by the authority as an assistant support officer in its adult social services department between August 2009 and August 2011.
Emails seen by Community Care, sent between 2009 and late 2010, show the council’s brokerage team refusing to action requests for care until a waiver was submitted; a practice Campbell says was routine.
"The general feeling was that people should die or go into hospital or get their own care," he said.
The policy was only revised after Campbell initiated internal whistleblowing procedures and brought the issue to the attention of senior management.