Shropshire

Edgeley House staff sacked after investigation

Three people have been sacked from a Shropshire nursing home following a criminal investigation, according to West Mercia Police.

Police said the manager and two nurses from Edgeley House in Whitchurch had received cautions and have been banned from working in care.

Complaints of neglect from people with elderly relatives in the home prompted the investigation, said police.

The Bondcare group which runs the home said care standards are being improved.

A statement from the group said: "We inherited a difficult situation from the previous owners Southern Cross.

"An experienced new home manager has been appointed and a new regional manager is in place and we are working closely with all the relevant parties to continue improving the standards of care.

"We are confident that the home offers a safe and caring environment."

'Seriously under-performed'

Police said they found serious failings after three unconnected incidents at the home.

Det Sgt Jonathan Matthews said: "The complainants were concerned their elderly relatives at the home were being neglected.

"A Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA)investigation established all three employees had seriously under-performed.

"The cautions mean these people have now been referred to the Independent Safeguarding Authority and are prohibited from working in care again."

He said West Mercia Police were liaising with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A spokesperson from POVA said an adult protection investigation is still being carried out which involves Shropshire Council, the CQC, the Community Care Trust, the care provider and the police.

The spokesperson said: "There are no concerns regarding the safety of any current residents of this home and the provider is working hard with all agencies to improve standards of care now and in the future."

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