Care homes boss in health board call

Keighley News: Konrad Czajka is seeking a place on the Health and Wellbeing Board Konrad Czajka is seeking a place on the Health and Wellbeing Board

The head of a group of private care homes has called for the independent sector to be represented on a district health board as it moves into its third year.

Managing director of Czajka Care Group Konrad Czajka said the Health and Wellbeing Board could not achieve “truly integrated health and care services” without representation from the independent sector, whom he believes should be invited on to it.

His comments come after it was revealed at the group’s recent meeting that several public sector groups are trying for a place on the board.

Czajka Care Group operates five nursing and care homes, including Beanlands at Cross Hills and Currergate in Steeton, as well as retirement houses and apartments.

Mr Czajka, who is also Yorkshire chairman of the Registered Nursing Home Association, said: “It has been reported local hospitals, Bradford Council’s chief executive and even the police all want a place on the board. But with no representation from the independent sector, truly integrated health and care services will not be achieved.

“It’s vital the independent sector gains a voice on the board, as it will play such an important part in the future planning of care in the region, and it would be able to help advise on cost savings by helping to reduce hospital admissions.”

Health and wellbeing boards bring together local commissioners across the NHS, public health and social care, elected members and representatives of HealthWatch.

But at the local group’s meeting last month, chairman Councillor David Green said he was concerned the board had become just a ‘rubber-stamping’ body.

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