Anger and confusion over care home's closure

Anger and confusion over care home's closure

A PRIVATE care home in Dewsbury alleged to have major failings was shut by council chiefs.

Staff at Oxford Grange, on Oxford Road, criticised the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following events last weekend.

Residents, some said to be in tears, were moved to other care homes around the area.

But it was Kirklees Council who acted after the watchdog told them of draft inspection findings.

Oxford Grange was visited by the CQC twice last month and reports are not yet finalised. The first one, in early May, was a routine inspection while the second, at the end of the month, came following a complaint.

Problems noted included:

• Poor staff training;

• Residents moved about in an unsafe manner;

• Care plans not being followed.

The CQC will decide what action should be taken if these preliminary findings are approved.

In the meantime, the watchdog discharged its duty to inform Kirklees Council of the inspection visits.

A CQC spokeswoman said: “The council took it seriously enough that they decided to act.” The watchdog then worked with Kirklees to move all 34 residents to other care homes.

Oxford Grange is run by Northfields Care Homes Ltd, which operates eight other homes, including Sunnyside, also on Oxford Road in Dewsbury.

Company boss Surinder Khurana declined to comment when contacted by The Press.

It is not known if or when the home will re-open, which leaves 37 staff facing possible redundancy.

Outraged workers blamed “new regulations” brought in by the CQC, though it is not a legislative body.

Staff are to launch a petition which they hope to send to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

One worker, care team leader Carole Morris, said: “Residents’ families have been up in arms.

“If we hadn’t been giving residents proper care, they wouldn’t have been so angry."

Another, cook Yvonne Mason, said: “It’s unbelievable, because inspectors said everything was fine in 2014.

“We’ve not done anything differently since then, so we don’t know what’s happened.”

A council spokesman said: “Serious failings were identified which presented a significant risk to the safety of residents.

“We’ve a responsibility that we take very seriously, which is to ensure people get the care and support they need and deserve.

“We've worked closely with residents and families to urgently identify alternative placements.

“These fully meet people’s needs, promote their well-being and ensure they receive the right care and support.

“There are no longer any residents at Oxford Grange. The care needs of all residents remain our highest priority.”

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