CQC issues £4k fine for failure to employ registered manager

Espom Lodge Care Homes Limited has been fined £4,000 by the CQC after failing to employ a registered manager.

The home in Surrey, which provides residential and dementia care, was rated ‘inadequate’ by the CQC following an inspection in March.

Debbie Ivanova, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care for London and the South, said: “It is a provider’s legal duty to ensure that it has an appropriate registered manager in place for good reason.

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“It was a matter of concern that between January 2016 and March 2017 Epsom Lodge did not have a registered manager, in line with legal requirements.

“We will keep Epsom Lodge under review to ensure that standards are sustained.  We will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to ensure residents receive the service they are entitled to expect.”

The home, which is run by Mr K J Middleton and Ms N Seepaul, was previously inspected in April and September 2016.

The owners told the CQC that a manager had been in place since February 2016 but their application to register had been rejected on the grounds of insufficient information provided.

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