An investigation into an Isle of Man care home that was closed following a COVID-19 outbreak has been referred to the police.
Abbotswood Nursing Home in the Isle of Man had its licence suspended and residents removed to alternative accommodation after a COVID-19 outbreak which contributed to 20 deaths.
The home, which is now in the hands of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), was the subject of an independent investigation, which has now been referred to the police.
A DHSC spokesperson said: “The Registration & Inspection (R&I) and Safeguarding Investigations into the running of Abbotswood Nursing Home have been temporarily suspended by the Department of Health & Social Care.
“Externally appointed investigators working as part of the R&I investigation, commissioned by the department, have recommended referral to Isle of Man Constabulary for consideration as to whether potential offences have been committed.
“In the meantime, all investigations led by DHSC that had been underway at Abbotswood have been halted.
“Once the Constabulary has considered the position, contact will be made with those directly involved.”
A spokesperson for the Isle of Man Constabulary confirmed the investigation.