A Court date has been set for the Essex Care Home abuse case, following allegations made in the BBC’s Panorama programme, where care home negligence was reported on.
Three women have been summoned to appear in connection with the alleged abuse at the Old Deanery in Braintree. The women summonsed; Lorna Hortilano 44, Adeshola Adediwura 32 and Anita Ray 45, all from Braintree, were ordered to appear in court in August 2014.
This followed the arrest of a woman in May of this year. The woman, in her forties, was arrested by detectives in Essex probing the assault of a resident, this is in addition to the seven other members of staff who have since been sacked from the home, run by Anglia Retirement Homes Ltd after a resident with dementia was shown to have been bullied and slapped by a worker whilst being filmed under cover by Panorama. Staff were observed mocking residents and ignoring their calls for help.
The BBC programme also showed residents who were subject to taunting, rough handling, being ignored and left in their own excrement for hours at a time at the home, which charges it’s residents some £700 a week. This triggered the launch of an investigation by Essex Police who requested an advance viewing of the programme, which was denied, so investigations could only begin after it was broadcasted nationally.
The force later urged anyone else with a desire to report abuse or neglect at the home to come forward. Anglia Retirement Homes Ltd released a statement after the documentary had aired, insisting that the incidents only involved a small minority of staff, who were not reflective of the high standards of care it demanded, demonstrating behaviours that they do not tolerate.
It is apparent after the initial suspension of eight members of staff, that some seven of these have been dismissed whilst another is in urgent review. As investigations proceeded: the three women who have been summoned to appear at court face charges for assault and offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. Despite the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visiting the site whilst Panorama was undercover filming the abuse and mistreatment of residents in November, they gave the home a clean bill of health. However the regulator returned two months after the findings uncovered by Panorama and acknowledged shortcomings in the lack of staff and residents having to wait too long for assistance as a result.
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