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Call for inquiry into Tamworth care home provider

Spring Tree Care Home
Image caption Inspections are still being carried out at the three care homes

An MP has called for an inquiry after the BBC learned a doctor in charge of failing services had previously been disciplined over the way he ran two care homes.

Dr Rais Rajput, the registered provider of three Tamworth care homes and two GP surgeries put in special measures, was suspended for nine months in 2001.

Conservative MP Christopher Pincher said it raised urgent concerns.

The BBC has attempted to contact Dr Rajput for a response.

Tamworth MP Mr Pincher suggested the history of care homes and the people who run them should be looked at more closely by the health watchdog.

"The investigation that the BBC has undertaken, the history of problems that it has uncovered, raise concerns and they need to be addressed," he said.

"And I have said if the CQC [Care Quality Commission] and General Medical Council are not able to adequately answer those I will go to ministers and ask them to investigate."

In the 1990s, Dr Rajput's registration to run the Sunningdale and Manor Farm care homes was suspended after inspectors found a range of problems.

These included a "severe" shortage of qualified staff, care assistants allowed to administer drugs and controlled drugs left "unsecured".

Image caption MP Christopher Pincher said he would ask ministers to investigate if he did not get an "adequate" response

Dr Rajput is licensed to practise medicine but has a warning against his name over the treatment of a patient in 2009 when he failed to correctly interpret the results of blood tests, the GMC said.

'Enforcement action'

CQC inspectors visited three care homes run by Dr Rajput earlier this year - Spring Tree Rest Home, Dover Cottage and Wilnecote Rest Home.

The watchdog said all three were rated inadequate and placed in special measures, with enforcement action taken.

Inspectors also found "significant concerns" when they visited Wilnecote and Dosthill GP Surgeries earlier this month, rating both inadequate and placing them into special measures.

The CQC said follow-up inspections at the three homes in recent weeks had found "some improvement" but ratings were still to be finalised.

Inspectors are continuing to monitor both GP surgeries and will return to check on whether necessary improvements have been made, it added.

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