The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced it is “taking tough action” following BBC revelations of care abuse at homes run by Morleigh Group in Cornwall.
A full statement was released by the CQC ahead of the Panorama investigation, which was broadcast last night.
Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the CQC, said: “We are taking tough action against the Morleigh Group to protect the people living in four of its nursing homes in Cornwall. This follows a significant deterioration in the quality of care it has been providing as uncovered through our most recent inspections.
“We have had serious concerns with the Morleigh Group for some time. We have kept this provider under close scrutiny, responded to issues raised directly with us and have inspected its services 22 times in the last two years.”
“Having previously rated all four of its nursing homes as ‘requires improvement’, we re-inspected its Collamere and Elmsleigh services last month and as soon as the concerns from Panorama were shared with us, we brought forward our planned inspections of its other nursing homes, Clinton House and St Theresa’s.
“In all four nursing homes, we were appalled to have found that the Morleigh Group had allowed the quality of care to decline.”
The CQC said it had taken enforcement action by issuing warning notices and raising its concerns with Cornwall Council and the local clinical commissioning group (CCG).
It said Morleigh Group’s owner Mrs Juleff had “squandered” local council and CCG support and “utterly neglected her duty of care” to the home’s residents.
Clinton House, one of the homes which featured in the documentary is being closed, see Morleigh Group care home closes and three others investigated).