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Care home criticised over health and safety failings

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

A recent Care Quality Commission inspection highlighted numerous failings at a care home in Kent. The report, which was published on 20 March, highlighted that Copper Beaches care home in Borstal, near Rochester, did not follow national health and safety regulations, and many accidents and incidents were going unreported.

The report was published after two inspections were carried out in December, one of which was unannounced. Four Seasons 2000 Ltd, the company in charge of the care home, has been forced to make urgent improvements or face enforcement action.

Infection control regulations repeatedly ignored

The deputy chief inspector of Adult Social Care South, Adrian Hughes, said that the care home did succeed in certain areas of inspection, including the fact that their staff were compassionate and worked with a respectful attitude towards the people they supported.  However, it was flagged up that the care they provided ‘was not always effective or well-led’.

The report also highlighted a staffing issue, stating that not only did the home have a shortage of staff, but that staff members were not adequately trained, supervised or supported while on duty. It was also found that staff members were not protected from abuse at work, and infection control regulations were being repeatedly ignored.

A spokesperson from Four Seasons 2000 Ltd said that improvements would be made immediately.

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