Report highlights Fosse Court care home failings

Image caption The owners decided to close Fosse Court after the city council withdrew its licence

A care home at the centre of allegations of ill treatment has failed four out of five areas in a new report.

Fosse Court, in Leicester, closed in July after four staff members were arrested. On Friday police confirmed no further action would be taken.

Now the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found problems including failures to identify and prevent abuse and poor medicine handling.

But Fosse Court said it was taking legal advice over the report.

The CQC added they would be "taking action" against owners Fosse Court Limited.

Care Quality Commission Findings

Standards not met

  • Care and welfare of people who use services
  • Safeguarding people who use services from abuse
  • Management of medicines
  • Assessing and monitoring the quality of service

Standards met

  • Requirements relating to workers

Following the arrests, the home's licence was withdrawn by the city council. Authority funded residents were removed and the owners then closed its doors.

Immediately after police confirmed no charges would be brought, Fosse Court Limited said it was considering reopening the home.

But now the CQC has said its inspection, carried out just days before it closed, had found a catalogue of failings.

Problems included out of date food in kitchens, threadbare carpets, broken alarms and staff being unaware of residents' health needs, the report said.

Sue Howard, interim Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: "When our inspectors visited Fosse Court care home they were concerned at what they found.

"Every care provider has a duty to ensure their services are safe, effective, caring, well led, and responsive to people's needs and this inspection highlighted a number of shortfalls in the service being provided at Fosse Court."

The CQC said it was unable to detail what type of action it was taking.

A statement from the home said: "The directors have produced detailed representations of what they believe to be factual inaccuracies in the report based on the July inspections and believe that CQC have failed to fully acknowledge these representations, despite 42 days earlier having found the home to be compliant with the vast majority of the regulations inspected.

"We do not plan to comment further on this report at this time as we are currently taking advice from our legal team about challenging its contents."

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