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Another Castlebeck home closed


A third care home run by scandal-hit Castlebeck Care is to close.

The company has agree to close the Arden Vale home in Meriden, Solihull, ahead of legal action by the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC investigated all 23 of Castlebeck’s homes following abuse uncovered by BBC Panorama at Winterbourne View in Bristol. The CQC found “serious concerns” at four of the homes.

Following the closure of the Rose Villa home in Bristol last week, Arden Vale has now been shut after the regulator initiated legal action to have the home closed. Winterbourne View has also been closed.

Meanwhile, prime minister David Cameron agreed with campaigners’ calls for a “plan of action” following the scandal. A letter signed by 86 organisations called for a plan of action as well as an end to specialist hospitals for people with learning disabilities, saying the model did “not work and should be made unnecessary by competent local services”.

The letter said: “The only way forward is a planned and properly supported programme of work to replace existing hospitals with proper individualised, evidence based services and supports that are integrated as far as possible into local communities.”

In a response dated 5 August Mr Cameron did not agree with scrapping specialist hospitals but said: “A joint plan of action is needed both locally and nationally to drive improvements in services and determine how the lessons from Winterbourne View can influence future policy and practice.”

Rob Greig, chief executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion, a not-for-profit organisation, said “It is extremely encouraging to read that the prime minister recognises the need for a coordinated national and local plan of action. The issues highlighted through the Panorama programme will not be resolved just by relying upon the goodwill of local people to do things better.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • I'm not sure which is worse, that Castlebeck appear incapable of running a safe service or that the CQC appear incapable of finding this out until a tv show tells them.

    Shocking the both of them.

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  • looks like the CQC needs to be under far more careful scrutiny.

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