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Quality of staffing at Aberdeenshire care home 'weak'

The quality of staffing at an Aberdeenshire care home has been described as "weak" by the Care Inspectorate.

An inspection of Pitmurchie House, near Torphins, found there was a significant turnover of staff and some concerns and allegations had gone unreported.

Two months prior to the inspection the staff turnover had been about 40%.

The Care Inspectorate said on some occasions the home had to rely completely on agency staff.

In a new report on the inspection, the health care watchdog said there was a failure to ensure that only suitable people with appropriate attitudes and values were employed.

It also found there was a number of concerns or allegations which should have been reported to management, and in some cases, should have been reported to the local authority adult support and protection team.

The Care Inspectorate said there was an urgent need for the provider to take action to raise awareness amongst staff and management about their responsibilities in relation to possible adult protection matters.

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