Staff suspended from Morley Tamblyn Lodge day centre

Morley Tamblyn Lodge Morley Tamblyn Lodge has about 60 users

Five members of staff have been suspended from a day centre for adults with learning disabilities in Cornwall, the council has confirmed.

The staff from Morley Tamblyn Lodge in Liskeard have been suspended pending an investigation.

Cornwall Council said it was looking into "safeguarding, management and service improvement concerns".

The centre, which has about 60 users, would have reduced services during an in-depth review, it added.

Council portfolio holder for adult care Judith Haycock said: "As always our priority is to ensure that we maintain safe services and protect individuals."

The Liberal Democrat-Independent-led authority said it was "in close contact with people who use the service and their families and discussions are taking place with them to find alternatives where possible".

Parents and carers of those who use the centre were called to a meeting at about 10:00 BST to inform them of the situation.

After the meeting, parent Jan Powell told the BBC she hoped managers and investigators would see "the way forward is to put service-users first".

Truro and Falmouth Conservative MP Sarah Newton said it was "good the council has immediately responded".

She said: "People's care concerns in such centres are now taken really seriously to make sure people get the care that all of us expect them to receive."

Eileen Chubb, founder of Compassion in Care, a charity which monitors the care system in the UK, said: "I am very worried because usually the warning signs have been there for a long, long time and ignored.

"When enough people have suffered, something then is done."

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