Four Seasons goes into administration

One of Britain’s largest care home groups, Four Seasons Health Care, has gone into administration.

Two of the holding companies behind the firm appointed administrators on Tuesday after struggling to repay their debts.

The group serves about 17,000 residents and patients and employs some 20,000 staff.

Four Seasons said the move would not affect care arrangements or lead to the closure of homes.


Care homes in the frame for fire safety improvements

MP’s have called on Government to extend fire safety regulations in care homes.

In a debate on fire sprinklers in care homes, Sarah Jones (Croydon Central) (Lab) demanded an extension of the ban on flammable cladding to care homes.

According to research, sprinklers in care homes have been found to be cost-effective. In Wales, it has been law since 2013 to fit automatic fire suppression systems in
newly-built care homes.


Priory Healthcare fined following death of 14-year-old girl

The healthcare provider has been fined £300,000 & £65,801.38 costs for its  failings following the death of a 14-year-old girl.

November 2012, she was found with a ligature around her neck in her room.
She was taken to hospital but had suffered irreparable brain damage &  failure of multiple organs, so a decision was taken to withdraw life support.
She was sadly pronounced dead the following day.

An investigation by the HSE, following the coroner’s inquest, found Priory Healthcare Ltd had failed to identify or put in place control measures that would have better managed ligature risks.

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Care home prosecuted over ‘string’ of fire safety issues.

Tapely care Home in Liverpool was prosecuted after it broke a series of fire safety regulations, and put its residents ‘at risk’.

Failures identified included: failing to maintain fire separation in cupboard   ceilings, corridors walls, the ground floor store room and the basement; failing to provide ‘appropriate’ fire detectors and alarms; a failure to remove combustible materials from a means of escape; failure to provide an ‘adequate’ fire door with ‘appropriate’ safety strips and seals; a failure to ensure the facility was ‘subject to a suitable system of maintenance, in efficient working order & good state of repair’.

Despite this & the home’s guilty plea, due to ‘concerns about a very large fine having a detrimental impact on service users’ the fine was set at £6,000 plus costs.
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Nottingham care home fined over resident’s fall.

Woodthorpe View Care Home in  Nottingham have been fined after a resident fell down a flight of stairs.
The resident broke a hip and died a few months later after the fall at the home in November 2016, the Nottingham Post reported. “It is clear from the evidence that elderly people were at risk. That risk was taken and there could have been a potential commercial motive for that.”
The judge imposed a £30,000 fine on the owners of the home plus £13,873 costs.

The home’s manager & owner was also ordered a pay a fine of £10,000.
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NFCC calls for sprinkler law change

AHEAD OF a debate in Parliament on fire safety and sprinklers, the National Fire Chiefs Council has said that England is lagging behind Scotland and Wales when it comes to the inclusion of sprinklers and calls for a change in legislation.

According to NFCC, England needs to come into line with Scotland and Wales, who have both introduced a reduction in height restriction for the fitting of sprinklers, and in some cases the requirement for mandatory installation in flats and specialised dwellings, such as care homes.  NFCC also want to see sprinklers fitted in schools for property protection in addition to life safety, along with being fitted in facilities providing waste management and recycling.

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