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Family's fears over future of care homes

The daughter of an elderly resident affected by the possible closure of care homes in County Durham is appealing for councillors to leave things as they are.

Pauline Robinson says she'd fear for her ninety three year old mother's health if she was forced to move.

The council is starting a three month consultation over proposals for the future of its five remaining care homes in a bid to save money. Watch Claire Montgomery's report.


Budget cuts forces review of care homes

Five care homes are under review in County Durham, as the council looks at making cuts totalling £222m.

They are: Newtown House in Stanhope, Cheveley House, in Belmont; Feryemount, in Ferryhill; Grampian House, in Peterlee; and Mendip House, in Chester-le-Street.

The budget cuts are £20m more than Durham County Council originally expected.

County Durham care home accountant admits fraud

A care home accountant from County Durham has admitted defrauding the estates of dead residents to the amount of £180,000.

36-year-old Steven Mason abused his position as group internal auditor at Four Seasons Health Care to carry out the fraud between September 2010 and September 2011.

Mason, of Seaview, Easington, appeared at Teesside Crown Court to admit one count of fraud.

He withdrew money from the bank accounts of dead residents who lived across the UK.

The case was adjourned to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared and Christopher Knox, defending, said he would ask a psychiatrist's advice "to deal with the question of addiction".

Mason was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced on September 5.


Nurse denies abuse at North Yorkshire care home

A nurse accused of physically and verbally abusing dementia patients at a North Yorkshire care home is waiting to hear if she'll be struck off.

Christina Cooper denies the allegations and returned to London today for what's expected to be the final part of her hearing for alleged misconduct.

The panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council has now finished listening to submissions in the case.

Gateshead care home fined £8,000 after failing inspection

A care home has been fined £8,000 after failing an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Rosewood House in Gateshead was given two fixed penalty notices after it failed to meet national standards on several counts:

  • Managing medicines: some residents were not given all their medicines because some supplies ran out - and allergies were not always recorded.
  • Care and welfare of residents

The home was inspected in April and May last year and again in July. The regulator says improvements have been made since then.

Rosewood Care LLP, which runs the home, has released a statement:

We have a new management team in place, who have dealt with the concerns and issues raised by the CQC.

Our last unannounced inspections were passed with flying colours. We

continue to work alongside all the regulatory bodies (CQC, Local Authorities

and PCT) to maintain the highest of standards.

The care and attention to the needs of our residents and their continued

wellbeing is paramount to the ethos of Rosewood Care.

– Afzal Ahmad, Proprietor, Rosewood Care LLP
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