Euro MP calls for more prosecutions over failed Hartlepool care home

Admiral Court Care Home, which MEP Jonathan Arnott says should be the subject of an inquiry.
Admiral Court Care Home, which MEP Jonathan Arnott says should be the subject of an inquiry.
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A North East Euro MP has called for an urgent inquiry into a Hartlepool care home that closed after a damning report by a watchdog.

MEP Jonathan Arnott says there needs to be a full investigation into what led to Admiral Court Nursing Home being branded “inadequate” in all areas by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Matt Matharu, who was jailed for health and safety breaches at another home run by Admiral Court's owners, Four Winds Care Ltd.

Matt Matharu, who was jailed for health and safety breaches at another home run by Admiral Court's owners, Four Winds Care Ltd.

The home, on Hartlepool’s Central Estate, was run by Four Winds Care Ltd.

One of its directors is Matt Matharu, 50, who was jailed earlier this year for health and safety breaches at Parkview residential care home in Seaton Carew which resulted in a pensioner falling to her death from a window.

Mr Arnott said further prosecutions should be brought if necessary over Admiral Court which the CQC said had a disregard for residents’ humanity.

He said: “The CQC report has also described the home for the elderly as ‘unsafe and uncaring’ which I find unbelievably shocking.

There needs to be a full inquiry into how this state of affairs has come about

Euro MEP Jonathan Arnott

“All the residents are by their very nature extremely vulnerable and deserving of the best of care and consideration but this report shows they have received the exact opposite.

“The appalling conditions at this home came to light through unannounced inspections and the scathing report now published.

“But that must not be the end of it, there needs to be a full inquiry into how this state of affairs has come about and, if appropriate, prosecutions brought.

“This is not the first time a care home has been found to be wanting and with the ever growing number of such establishments people must be assured that rigorous checks are the norm.

“While it is reassuring that the CQC has acted promptly and transparently over the alarming situation at this Hartlepool home I fear in such times of austerity the ability of health watchdogs to keep on top of inspections will inevitably be challenged.

“This case starkly demonstrates the vital need for them and also I believe more needs to be done by the government to encourage whistle blowers to speak out and save our elderly from suffering,

The Mail reported the CQC’s findings last week. It found a number of failings during an inspection.

They included concerns about then management of medicines and a failure to protect people from risks associated with unsafe or unsuitable premises.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool council and health chiefs have launched a review of care provision in town following the home’s closure.

All residents of Admiral Court have now moved into other homes in Hartlepool or East Durham.

The CQC carried out an unannounced inspection of the home over several days in March.