The owner of a Northern Ireland nursing home at the center of one of the worst cases of nursing home abuse and neglect last year has been found guilty of failing to properly comply with safeguarding laws.
The Cherry Tree House Nursing & Residential home first came to the forefront of the news when a whistleblower accused the authorities of failing to investigate her concerns and ignoring her worries about poor standards of care at the facility. Investigations into the allegations made by the former care worker revealed inappropriate behavior between staff members, verbal abuse of elderly residents and years of basic feeding and cleaning being ignored. Staff were also lacking in basic training.
Now Northern Ireland’s health watchdog are carrying out further reviews of the home following allegations that owner Dr Dean Harron failed to comply with strict reporting standards and regulations when the allegations first surfaced. These laws, put in place to protect patients’ safety, were being breached by Harron according to authorities even though the home’s manager had investigated the incidents.
The home had been placed on alert since September 2013 when authorities told Harron and the team that changes had to be made in order for conditions to improve. They advised that thorough training for all staff members should be introduced. The whistleblower however said that changes had still not been made, resulting in investigations to continue.
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