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August 20, 2008

Authority De-Registers 'Dangerous' Care Home (UK)

CSCI de-registers 'dangerous' care home
19/08/2008

A care home has been told by a High Court judge that it must hand over the responsibility for the health and welfare of its residents to the local social services and primary care trust.

This follows urgent action taken by CSCI after serious concerns emerged about the safety and welfare of people living at the Alton Centre care home in Knuston Spinney, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

CSCI carried out an inspection at the home on Wednesday 6 August looking at nutrition and hydration, wound care and the management of medication and medical conditions. Standards were so poor that inspectors considered there was a serious and immediate risk to the life, health and well-being of the residents.

The Commission advised the company that owns the care home, Active Care Partnership Ltd, a subsidiary of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group Plc, of its concerns but was not satisfied with their response.

As a result, the Commission obtained an urgent court order from a magistrate on Thursday 7 August to cancel the registration of the Alton Centre.

Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire Teaching Primary Care Trust sent in a team of nurses and carers to work with and supervise the home’s own staff in caring for the 28 residents, who have physical disabilities and need nursing care. The council and the PCT have also been keeping relatives informed of the situation.

Subsequently, Active Care Partnership Ltd made an application to the High Court to try to overturn the urgent cancellation order. At a hearing on 14 August His Honour Judge Ousley ordered that the primary care trust and the county council would manage and supervise the care and health needs of the residents until the outcome of an expedited appeal by the company against CSCI’s decision to apply for the cancellation order.

The appeal has been made to the Care Standards Tribunal, an independent body. The hearing is scheduled to begin during the week commencing Monday 1 September.

Abridged
SOURCE: Caring Business - London,UK
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