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Lapse of care claim to be probed

An inquiry has been launched after a investigation allegedly uncovered serious failings in the regulation of care homes.

The Moorlands Nursing Home in Nottinghamshire was passed by an official inspection and council audit despite an undercover BBC journalist claiming there was poor infection control and lapses in care.

It was also claimed that the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) took nearly two months to act over the allegations.

A CSCI spokesman said: "Clearly, the way this matter was handled by us was not good enough.

"We are investigating to see why our policies and procedures were not followed properly in this case.

"Safe-guarding people is very important to us and we do act when people call us with concerns, complaints or allegations of abuse or neglect.

The Moorlands, in Brinsley, offers nursing and residential beds for up to 40 elderly people.

The Inside Out investigation allegedly found evidence that some staff were confused about who was infected with MRSA and sometimes neglected basic hygiene precautions.

The BBC also said residents with dementia were left unsupervised and others had to wait "unreasonable periods" for basic care.

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Are you concerned about the care offered in care homes? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"As a nurse whose job is to assess people in care homes I can underestand why CSCI failed. I have not met one with nursing qualifications for some time and the focus during visits always seems to be about the environment not the care given. Even recently a home has been told that they write too much in the daily records. When I reviewed the client a few days after the inspection the care plans did not reflect the needs of the client, they reflected the needs about 12 months previously when admitted. CSCI did not pick this up despite having looked through this particular set of care plans. From my experience CSCI are not there to monitor care standards for people but rather building standards. Now if we bring problems to their attention they refer any potential abuse to social services, a few years ago they would aleways be personally involved. This is perhaps not the fault of the inspectors but of the way the govenment has changed their role, as usual without talking to the people who are at the bottom. Things always look good on paper, till they go wrong as at Moorelands." - Name and address supplied