Leicester

Fosse Court care home staff allegations dropped

Fosse Court, Leicester
Image caption More than 20 residents at Fosse Court had to be moved when it lost its council licence

A care home at the centre of allegations of ill treatment may reopen after action against staff was dropped, the owners have said.

Fosse Court Care Home, in Leicester, closed in July, just days after four staff members were arrested.

Now police have said no further action will be taken and owners Fosse Court Limited have accused the city council of "inappropriate pressure".

The city council said it stood by its decision to remove residents.

The authority terminated its contract with Fosse Court just days after the allegations emerged. More than 20 residents had to be moved.

The company always insisted it provided the highest standards of care.

Investigation launched

A spokesman said: "These allegations have now been completely discredited and all four staff members arrested have been released without charge.

"We felt that that the high standards of care that we demand could not be delivered while a police investigation was ongoing.

"Now that the police have decided that they will not be pressing charges, we are hoping to reopen the home."

The firm repeated its belief the home was subject to "overreaction and inappropriate pressure" from the city council and Care Quality Commission.

A city council spokesman said the safety and support of residents was its main concern.

He said: "The Leicester Safeguarding Adults Board will now ensure an independent investigation into this matter, to see what future lessons can be learned.

"However, we stand by our decision and the action taken, which we believe was in the residents' best interests."

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