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Car drives off after clipping cyclist in Copthorne

A cyclist training for the London to Brighton bike ride was knocked off his bike by a car, which then drove off.

The 23-year-old man from Horley was cycling with a friend on Wednesday evening when he was hit by a black Peugeot's wing mirror.

It happened at the Duke's Head roundabout in Copthorne Common Road at around 6:25pm.

The car stopped briefly but then drove off.

The victim was taken to East surrey Hospital where he was treated for a broken collarbone.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1203 of 16/04.

CQC Chief Inspector promises thorough review

The Care Quality Commission's Chief Inspector has said she is shocked at the findings of the inquest and promises a thorough review of the CQC's actions in relation to the care home.

I am shocked at the descriptions of the care received by residents at Orchid View in 2010 and 2011. This was completely unacceptable, and I extend my sympathies to the relatives of everyone who received poor care there.

We need to learn lessons from what happened at Orchid View, which closed in 2011. I will personally oversee a root and branch review of our actions in relation to Orchid View to make sure we learn from it and build any findings into our new way of inspecting.

– Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

This week, I outlined my proposals for changing the way we inspect, monitor and regulate care homes to ensure that these services are safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive to people’s needs.

– Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care


Families calling for improvements in elderly care

The daughter of a pensioner who died after being over-administered a blood thinning drug whilst staying at a Sussex nursing home has spoken of her anger that ‘horrific’ standards went undetected for so long.

Linzi Collings, daughter of Jean Halfpenny, said nothing could have prepared her for the ‘shocking’ evidence she heard about care standards at Orchid View Care Home where her mum was a resident from November 2009 until her death in May 2010 aged 77.

She insists that improvements must be made to stop the same failings being repeated.

In this day and age you expect measures to be in place to protect vulnerable members of society from being subjected to such horrendously poor care.

Our mum deserved to be treated with dignity and compassion but Orchid View failed to provide her with even a basic level of care, despite being paid a significant amount of money to do so.

– Linzi Collings, daughter of pensioner Jean Halfpenny who died
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Police called after 28 drug errors made in one night

Lisa Martin, a former care home worker who alerted police to failing at the Orchid View care home in Copthorne, said she the "final straw" for her came when she was told by a nurse that 28 drug errors had been made on just one night shift.

Lisa Martin, who alerted the police to care failings within Orchid View care home. Credit: Press Association

She called police who arrived the next day.

The coroner said 19 residents at Orchid View suffered "sub-optimal" care. All of those residents died from natural causes, she ruled. But five of those died from natural causes "which had been attributed to by neglect", Ms Schofield ruled.

They were Wilfred Gardner, 85, Margaret Tucker, 77, Enid Trodden, 86, John Holmes, 85, and Jean Halfpenny, 77.

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Care home worker: 'I couldn't live with knowledge of abuse'

Speaking outside the inquest, Lisa Martin, who first informed police of the problems at the care home, said she felt she had no choice but to come forward:

I came forward because I had witnessed too much poor management and care to vulnerable adults and I couldn't live with the knowledge any longer and felt I had no choice but to tell the police.

Morally I know I did the right thing but personally I have not worked for two years and the case has had a huge impact on my life.

However, I wouldn't want to dissuade people from doing the right thing if they see vulnerable elderly people being abused and neglected.

Speaking of her former colleagues, she added: "They shouldn't be allowed to work in the industry."


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'Institutionalised abuse from the top down' at home

Penelope Schofield, the West Sussex coroner, said:

There was institutionalised abuse throughout the home and it started, in my view, at a very early stage, and nobody did anything about it.

This, to me, was from the top down. It was completely mismanaged and understaffed and failed to provide a safe environment for residents.

Ms Schofield said it was "disgraceful" that the home was allowed to be run in the way it was for around two years. She criticised the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which gave Orchid View a "good" rating in 2010 - a year before it shut.

I question how this could be the case and I question whether the inspection that did take place was fit for purpose.

It's a heart-breaking case. We all have parents who will probably need care in the latter part of their lives.

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Coroner: Those involved in neglect should be 'ashamed'

Orchard View care home in Copthorne, West Sussex. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Penelope Schofield, the West Sussex coroner, said there was "institutionalised abuse" at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.

She said those involved in the neglect of pensioners at the now defunct home should be "ashamed" as it was announced a serious case review has been set up.

"Institutionalised abuse" at care home

A coroner has ruled that neglect contributed to the deaths of five elderly people who died after staying at a care home which has come under fierce criticism.

Penelope Schofield, the West Sussex coroner, said there was "institutionalised abuse" at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.

She said those involved in the neglect of pensioners at the now defunct home should be "ashamed" as it was announced a serious case review has been set up.

A five-week inquest heard how some residents were given wrong doses of medication, left soiled and unattended due to staff shortages and there was a lack of management.

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