Care homes closed by CQC

Two care homes in Kent are to close after the Care Quality Commission said it had identified a ‘serious’ lack of suitably skilled nursing staff, issues with care records, and poor leadership.

The Woodlands and Fairfield Manor care homes at Broadstairs were instructed to close by the CQC after failing to improve standards. In total the homes provide care to 59 residents and employ 57 members of staff.

Orchard Care, who took over running the homes in autumn 2013, said they were surprised by the decision. And the union GMB called for a halt to the closures and a full inquiry.

All residents have been moved out of Fairfield Manor. Woodlands will close next week. The CQC identified ‘serious issues’ at both homes that put residents at risk. They are working with Kent County Council to ensure that residents are transferred safely to new homes.

Andy Prendergast, senior officer for the GMB, said: “The decision to close the homes without explanation is an insult to residents and staff of the two homes.

"These homes have been their life for residents for many years and they are completely in the dark as to why they are being closed. Residents and their families have been in tears not knowing what is going on or what will be happening in the future. Staff have been left not knowing if they will be able to pay next month’s rent.

"At the very least they deserve an explanation as to what has happened to justify this extreme step, particularly when the area is already facing a shortage of care spaces for older people.”

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