BBC Panorama secret filming exposes care home failures

A series of shocking incidents in nursing homes in Cornwall run by the Morleigh Group have been secretly filmed by the BBC.

The Panorama undercover filming shows one nurse saying she will give morphine to a resident ‘to shut her up’.

One of the homes, Clinton House in St Austell, is being closed. The Morleigh Group, which runs the homes, said it had already identified problems, and that it had always acted quickly to improve care when asked to do so.

The footage was recorded by three reporters – one posed as a resident, the other two got jobs there. Some of the most serious incidents occurred at Clinton House, which has 32 residents. It was given a “requires improvement rating” by the Care Quality Commission in May this year.

As well as announcing the closure of Clinton House, the Morleigh Group has suspended the nurse pending an investigation. But the group denies that it failed to give proper attention to the quality and safety of residents’ care.

Cornwall Council, which placed residents at Clinton House, said it was ‘sorry that the standard of care provided by Morleigh Group has fallen far short of what residents, their relatives and the general public have a right to expect.’ It is now investigating two more Morleigh Group homes.

Andrea Sutcliffe, the CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care, said she was appalled to have found that the Morleigh Group had allowed the quality of care to decline.

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