Nearly 50% death rate in care home! Should BBC Scotland confront Company secretary/ Director, Stephen Evans?

There are, it seems, ‘serious and significant concerns‘ but no one is asked about them. Virtually half of the residents died. The inspectors have shut the home down. Surely the owner must be confronted.

Thornlea Nursing Home Ltd which owns this home is headed-up by Company Secretary and Director, Stephen Evans and 7 other partners. His address is:

13 Mayburn Crescent, Loanhead, Midlothian, EH20 9EW

Company details at: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/SC142757/officers

Check this BBC report. Can you spot the people responsible?

A Midlothian nursing home will have its registration suspended after 15 of its residents died with Covid.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that “virtually half” of residents of Thornlea Nursing Home in Loanhead had succumbed to the virus.

The Care Inspectorate initially submitted an application to cancel its registration but a sheriff granted an interim suspension from 18 January.

It will allow time to find alternative homes for the remaining residents.

David Logan, counsel for Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, said it was “a very serious situation”.

Mr Logan told Sheriff Douglas Keir: “The reason 18 January is appropriate is at the present time there are still 14 residents in the home.”

“Those residents are in the process of being moved by Midlothian health partnership but that is quite a complicated business.”

He said it was complicated because of Covid and because some were suffering from dementia.

‘Serious and significant concerns’

Mr Logan told the court: “I am not here to attribute blame.”

He said it was appreciated the home had faced a lot of difficulties.

He said that postponing the suspension would allow Thornlea to continue to provide a home for the remaining residents until they were moved elsewhere.

William Frain-Bell, counsel for Thornlea Nursing Home Ltd, said it agreed with what was being proposed.

He said it was working with the care organisation and health partnership and hoped there would be an opportunity in the near future to address the court and to seek to have the interim order recalled.

The Care Inspectorate said earlier this month that an inspection had identified “serious and significant concerns” about the quality of care experienced by residents at the home.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: “The suspension of the provider’s registration will allow for transition to alternative care arrangements for residents.

“We continue to monitor the service closely.

“An inspection report will be published in due course.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-55413610

I wonder, will Richard Leonard and the GMB try to blame Jeanne Freeman?

6 thoughts on “Nearly 50% death rate in care home! Should BBC Scotland confront Company secretary/ Director, Stephen Evans?”

  1. Probably the best course of action is for the relatives of all covid deceased residents in care homes is to form as a 1 client group and engage a legal firm of the highest stature in this area
    And investigate for starters the best route to
    Commencement of litigation against the owners
    They only have to litigate against the most serious offender in order to reach a landmark ruling,which in turn shall lead to all other private providers folding and seeking out of court setlements
    Under Scots Law which still pertains
    As soon as monies change hands then you have a fully enforceable contract
    So the terms and conditions of the contract are the key to successful proceedings
    And particular attention should be paid to the care home providers Duty of Care
    And all guidance issued by Scot.Gov
    Any legal team worth their salt should be able to present a formidable case for the owners
    To be called to account

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    1. THIS SETUP IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE
      THE CARE INSPECTORATE SHOULD BE CARRYING OUT MONTHLY UNANNOUNCED VISITS

      IF THESE OWNER CARE GETTING TAX PAYERS MONEY
      THEY MUST SHOW ASSURANCE THEY ARE FIT TO HOLD A LICENCE TO OPERATE A CARE HOME

      AND IF CARE INSPECTORATE CANNOT FULIL THESE VISITS
      THEN ANOTHER HEALTH CARE INSPECTORATE MUST REPLACE THEM
      THIS IS OUR SENIORS THEY/WE DEMAND MORE QUALITY SERVICE

      NOT ABUSE OF SERVICE

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  2. “Duty of Care” by owners applies to all staff and patients & the vast majority of care homes in Scotland are privately run. The Heatlh and Safety Acts clearly state this responsibility lies with the owner(s) & not the NHS nor the SG. Training WAS woeful and PE non existent. Hell mend them!

    On Tue, 22 Dec 2020, 20:43 Talking-up Scotland https://www.scoop.it/topic/talking-up-scotland, wrote:

    > johnrobertson834 posted: ” There are, it seems, ‘serious and significant > concerns’ but no one is asked about them. Virtually half of the residents > died. The inspectors have shut the home down. Surely the owner must be > confronted. Thornlea Nursing Home Ltd which owns thi” >

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  3. If the relatives of the deceased followed the line of action Premieroneuk suggests and were successful do you think the Scottish media would report it?

    If they did, would they identify the owner?

    If they did, would they seek to interview him?

    I suspect they would be shouting, “Why did the Care Inspectorate not act sooner? What was the local Health Board doing? The Cabinet Secretary for Health is ultimately responsible, will the FM sack her?”

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  4. THIS SETUP IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE
    THE CARE INSPECTORATE SHOULD BE CARRYING OUT MONTHLY UNANNOUNCED VISITS

    IF THESE OWNER CARE GETTING TAX PAYERS MONEY
    THEY MUST SHOW ASSURANCE THEY ARE FIT TO HOLD A LICENCE TO OPERATE A CARE HOME

    AND IF CARE INSPECTORATE CANNOT FULIL THESE VISITS
    THEN ANOTHER HEALTH CARE INSPECTORATE MUST REPLACE THEM
    THIS IS OUR SENIORS THEY/WE DEMAND MORE QUALITY SERVICE

    NOT ABUSE OF SERVICE

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