Former carers plead not guilty to ill-treatment at nursing home

Three former carers at Winterbrook Nursing Home in Wallingford, Oxfordshire have pleaded not guilty to allegations of ill-treatment.

Mary Craddock, of Wallingford, denied five counts of ill treatment at Oxford Magistrates Court, the BBC reported.

Joan Lovell, also of Wallingford, and Elizabeth Collins, of Didcot, pleaded not guilty to three counts of the same charge.

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Ms Collins also denied six counts of breaching a care provider’s duty of care resulting in neglect.

The women were charged following a police investigation into claims of abuse at the home, which was launched in June 2017 (see Police investigate abuse claims).

The women face claims of “systematic abuse”, including violence and spitting, at the home between April 2015 and July 2017.

Speaking at the time of the police investigation, Operations Director Paul Kelly apologised unreservedly to residents and their families at the home.

He added: “We were outraged and saddened by the examples of abuse brought to our attention.

“All members of staff associated in any way with this behaviour towards residents were either dismissed or resigned as soon as we were notified of the behaviour.

“We have drawn up a detailed, comprehensive and robust action plan to resolve all inadequacies and we are updating the CQC on a weekly basis.”

The case will be heard at Oxford Crown Court on 11 May.

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