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Watchdog shuts care home

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A care home in Bristol has been shut by the government’s social care watchdog because of concerns about residents’ safety.
The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) last week applied for a court order to close Overnhill House, a home with 14 beds, and residents have been rehoused by Bristol and South Gloucestershire Councils.

A CSCI spokesperson said: 'We have been monitoring the standards of care at Overnhill House for some time. Last week our inspectors visited the home and and had serious concerns about the safety and well-being of the residents, which led us to conclude that we had no alternative but to seek an emergency court order to close the home.

'The reasons for this enforcement action included inadequate staffing levels and the owners' failure to respond to other issues that we raised about the safety and well-being of the residents. The decision to close a care home is never taken lightly by CSCI.'
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