Essex council stops placements at care home

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 standards.

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 checked.

"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, alternative accommodation."

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Last Updated : 26 August 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.