Shocking failures in care in Cornwall have been exposed by a Panorama documentary.
The scenes filmed in Morleigh Group’s residential nursing homes include an incident where a nurse says she will use morphine to shut up a resident.
One of the homes featured in the programme, Clinton House, which houses 32 residents, is being closed after previously being rated ‘requires improvement’ by the CQC in May 2016 (see Morleigh Group care home closes and three others investigated).
Morleigh Group said it had already identified problems and had always acted promptly to improve care when it was required.
It added it had suspended the nurse who had threatened to sedate a resident, pending an investigation.
Morleigh Group denied it had failed to give proper attention to the quality and safety of residents’ care, adding it had sacked Clinton House’s manager before it was aware of the Panorama programme.
Cornwall Council said it was “sorry that the standard of care provided by Morleigh Group has fallen far short of what residents, their relatives and the general public have a right to expect”.
The council is now investigating two more Morleigh Group homes.
The CQC said it had been concerned about the group for some time and had issued warning notices.
Andrea Sutcliffe, the CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care, said: “We were appalled to have found that the Morleigh Group has allowed the quality of care to decline.”