Labour call for care home scrutiny

Figures unearthed by the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council have identified truly shocking failures in levels of care across the county.

Freedom of Information requests to the CQC have identified that there are a number of homes with more complaints than Fairfields House which was closed earlier this year due to a number of serious failings.

Investigations have also identified that as well as serious concerns about Mildenhall Lodge, The Dell in Lowestoft is also under an enforcement notice from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Further to this there are 38 other homes across the county that have not met the appropriate standards.

Labour Councillors are calling on the Health Scrutiny Committee to investigate this situation as a matter of urgency.

David Ellesmere, Labour Leader on Ipswich Borough Council said; “The figures we have unearthed are deeply worrying and point to a much bigger problem in Suffolk than the current publicity about one or two homes would suggest”.

Leader of the Labour Group on Suffolk County Council, Sandy Martin said; “People should be able to rely on their elderly relatives being safe if they are in the care system. There are serious doubts about whether this is the case in Suffolk”.

Sarah Adams, Labour spokesperson for Health and Social Care said; “Health Scrutiny now needs to show its teeth to hold care home providers to account. We need to ensure that appropriate levels of care are provided in Suffolk”.


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