The folllowing is a statement from the Care Quality Commission, the new independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England:
CQC has had long-standing concerns regarding the registration of Melton Court Care Centre in Rotherham. These concerns centre on the registered provider Mr Ishtiak Zahir’s fitness to provide care services, his inability to oversee the day-to-day running of the home due to his current imprisonment, and his failure to pay registration fees. After careful consideration CQC decided to cancel the provider’s registration and notified this to Mr Ishtiak Zahir by letter on 19 September 2012.
He chose not to appeal against this decision and, therefore, as of 23 November 2012, Melton Court has been operating without CQC registration and cannot continue to operate as a care home. We recognise the disruption and anxiety our decision will cause to the people living at Melton Court but have an overarching obligation to the public to ensure that all providers of services to vulnerable people are fit to hold registration.
Our priority at this time is to work with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to ensure that people living at Melton Court are safe and are supported to find suitable alternative accommodation.
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