Barchester care workers were sacked for breaching social distancing rules


An inquiry has been launched into a Barchester care home where two care workers were sacked for breaching social distancing rules.

The two care workers were dismissed in May at Barchester’s Fordmill Nursing Home in Montrose.

A Care Inspectorate spokesperson said: “Infection prevention and control guidance is clear and all care services must follow it to keep people safe.

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“A concern has been raised with us about this care service and we are considering all information given to us carefully.”

A Barchester spokesperson commented: “We are glad to report that Fordmill Care Home currently has no cases of COVID-19 and we have seen a number of residents recover from the virus and the team are dedicated in doing all they can to ensure that it remains that way.

“We can confirm that in May two care workers at Fordmill Care Home were dismissed due to the breaching of social distancing guidance outside of the care home. At the time these actions were in direct breach of the government guidance. While the breaching of the guidance did not happen in the home, we could not take any risks.

“We take the care of our residents and staff very seriously and have introduced many protocols in order to protect our residents as much as possible. As such we acted swiftly in response to evidence brought to us of this breach in social distancing and following a meeting with the staff to understand the situation we dismissed those in question to ensure the safety of the home.”


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