Linford Park Nursing Home is in danger of closure after a raid last week by police reports the Telegraph. The article states that
“The operation was intelligence led and targeted immigration offenders working illegally at the home,” said a UK Border agency spokesman.
He said 13 workers were found to be illegal immigrants. Two were released on bail while the rest were in custody last night.
According to the local paper, the Daily Echo, during the raid concerns were raised about the quality of care and three members of staff were charged with abuse and neglect. Horrific stuff of course.
Staff were replaced by those drafted in by the local authority and some residents were moved. Of course, there are (quite rightly) outraged relatives who object to their family members being pushed and pulled into any available placement.
Although all I was thinking is ‘would they have been so quick to act if there were no immigration issues and all the issues were purely about quality of patient care?’.
I doubt it. And that is the sadness of the system of monitoring of residential and nursing care.
The systems to check and monitor care homes is woefully inadequate and getting worse. CQC is currently bound up in re-registering services and a friend of mine who works as an inspector told me in a conversation that they are being focused 100000% on re-registering rather than actually tackling issues that might come up in care homes on a day-to-day basis.
Calling for more staff in any government agency in these cut-driven days is foolhardy at best and idiotic at worst but if there is any agency that needs it – it is the ground work of the inspectors who can go on at the drop of a hat and without announcement check the quality of care which is being given to those who are often not empowered to speak out.