Essex Council has stopped placements at Partridge Care Centre in
Harlow following a police investigation.
Unexplained deaths of an 80-year-old woman and an 89-year-old
woman living at the centre sparked the investigation.
There has been speculation in the press that these woman
alongside an elderly man who has now been discharged from hospital
that they may have been victims of an insulin overdose. This
has not however been confirmed by police and a 36-year-old woman
has been arrested and bailed.
Alongside this investigation, Essex Council has confirmed that
it was investigating safeguarding issues at the Rushcliffe run home
and had provided intensive support for the home to raise
Ann Naylor, cabinet member for adults and community well-being,
said: "The Care Quality Commission will consider enforcement action
if necessary. Essex Council has a suspension on places and this
will be in place until we are happy that improvements to the level
of care have been made.
"Conversations have been held with all residents and their
families to review individual needs and all care plans have been
"While the majority of residents and their relatives have
expressed a wish to stay at Partridge Care Centre, those residents
who have requested to move are being supported and further
discussions will be held with their families to find suitable,