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CQC fines North Lincolnshire nursing home £3,750 for failure to comply with regulations

19/03/2014

A nursing home which failed to notify the Care Quality Commission in line with national requirements has been issued with fines totalling £3,750.  
 
CQC has issued two fixed penalty notices – one to the provider, Prime Life Limited, and one to the former manager of Gilby House Nursing Home following their failure to notify the commission within the required timescales about incidents affecting residents at the home.

CQC carried out an unannounced inspection at Gilby House Nursing Home on the 24 October 2013 as part of their scheduled programme of inspections for 2013/14.

Following a review of care records, inspectors identified that there had been a failure to inform CQC in a timely manner about the death of a person living at the home, and of a serious injury incurred by another resident following a fall.

In addition, allegations regarding staff conduct and two incidents that had been reported to the police had not been reported to CQC within the required timescales.

In the light of the  failure to meet legally required national standards, CQC has issued fixed penalty notices totalling £3,750.

Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC’s Regional Director (North) said:

“Every registered provider and manager has a legal duty to ensure that they meet national care standards and to advise CQC of serious incidents and events to enable us to discharge our regulatory responsibilities on behalf of the people who use the service.

“The failures on this occasion to inform CQC of a number of very serious incidents and issues of concern relating to the provision of care, is unacceptable.   

“Prime Life Ltd did take prompt action to address our concerns and both fines have now been paid.”  

The full report detailing findings from CQC’s inspection in October has been published online today at http://www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-131820147.

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