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Northants nursing home staff face neglect charges

Five nursing home staff are to be hauled before investigators accused of neglect.

The charges relate to up to 10 residents at the Parkside House Nursing Home in Northamptonshire, dating back to 2009.

Staff including Phyllis Johnson, who was the home’s registered manager and owner at the time of the alleged incidents, is among those due to appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London on Monday.

Deputy manager Maria McKenzie will also answer to charges, alongside fellow nurses Anastacia Maduli, Mary Bisieri Ombui and Girlie Franklin.

Charges include failing to devise adequate care plans, reassessing residents’ risk of falls and/or malnutrition, and failing to ensure residents received a varied and well-balanced diet.

Two nurses, Alice Nojozi and Nobuhle Moyo, have already been handed caution orders having faced a Conduct and Competence Committee Substantive Hearing.

Five Parkside residents, aged between 83 and 100, died within two weeks of each other between July 22 and August 6, 2009.

The home is described as a 20-bed nursing home for residents over the age of 65 with dementia or long-standing mental health issues.

A Serious Case Review into the deaths said they died from causes ”considered to be consistent with the effects of severe neglect”.

The report said although there were some warning signs of a decline in standards, it was only when one elderly woman was admitted to hospital that the alarm was raised.

The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Board (SOVA) said an action plan had been put in place to prevent the situation being repeated.


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Readers' comments (5)

  • michael stone

    If these neglected patients had dementia, and were mentally incapable, it strikes me that there could be the potential for charges under the Mental Capacity Act, here.

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  • "The charges relate to up to 10 residents at the Parkside House Nursing Home in Northamptonshire, dating back to 2009" Why has it taken 6 years for this to be dealt with?

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  • Yea why so long? Patients long dead and its been a long ordeal for the family. What about Inspectors-why did this take so long to come to light? How many more "UNcare homes have the same history? Probably most! We are now a selfish, uncaring society.

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  • Please don't call all homes UN care homes! Some homes have excellent standards with very caring staff
    The poor standards in this home should have been picked up earlier

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  • the whole system of care provision in the UK needs to be scrutinised without further dispute and more suitable alternatives sought. it is not good enough for a modern and wealthy western capitalist society.

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