Care home owner banned from nursing

A care home owner has been banned from nursing for life after being found guilty of systematic care failures.

Soondressen Cooppen was banned by the Nursing & Midwifery Council for failures of care at Merok Park Nursing Home, Grantley Court Nursing Home and Faygate House in Surrey between June and December 2014.

The NMC commented: “The panel considered that Mr Cooppen’s numerous and widespread failings in his management of three homes did demonstrate a serious departure from the professional standards expected of a registered nurse in his position. His reckless and negligent actions put a number of vulnerable residents at risk of harm.”

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Urine and mould were found in all three homes following inspections by the CQC.

Mr Cooppen was also found to have failed to ensure that the nutritional needs of residents were met with residents left malnourished and dehydrated.

Commenting on Merok Park, which was rated Inadequate following an inspection in December, the CQC said: “We found mould on walls, broken taps, stained carpets and only cold or tepid water coming from the taps in some people’s rooms.

“Furniture in people’s rooms was old and falling apart and people did not have suitable curtains at their windows. The smell of urine was overpowering in the home.”

Inspectors also found residents had been trapped in their chairs by a table so that they were unable to move.

Mr Cooppen was also found to have falsely entered himself as the second nurse on staff rotas in order to meet compliance requirements.

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