Wednesday 21 March 2018

Second care home owned by wealthy Irish tycoons closes reporters

A second care home in Britain owned by a company backed by Irish businessmen JP McManus, John Magnier and Denis Brosnan has closed down.

The company Castlebeck, which owned the Winterbourne View care home in Bristol where abuse was filmed by an undercover BBC journalist for Panorama, said it was to close Rose Villa, also in Bristol.

Castlebeck is 80pc owned by former Kerry Group chief executive Denis Brosnan’s Swiss-based Lydian Capital Partnership – whose shareholders include JP McManus and John Magnier.

Four members of Rose Villa's staff were suspended last month following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) while allegations of misconduct were investigated.

But Castlebeck today said it was closing the rehabilitation centre for adults with learning disabilities, which has five patients and 30 staff, for "operational reasons".

Winterbourne View, which saw 13 staff members suspended over allegations of abuse, closed in June.

Earlier Mr Brosnan told the Irish Independent he was “shocked and appalled” at the conditions found in the homes.

The company charges about €4,000 a week for residents.

Castlebeck's chief executive, Lee Reed, said it was closing the site "with regret".

"The service is being closed purely for operational reasons. Whilst we recognise the concerns raised in the recent CQC inspection report, our decision has resulted from the fact that in reviewing operational practicalities, Rose Villa would be left on its own in the South West - some distance from the support that could be provided by our services in the West Midlands," he said.

"The decision is purely voluntary and not at the instigation of CQC.

"We very much appreciate the support given to Rose Villa by commissioners since the service opened. However, we also understand the scrutiny they are under in terms of continuing to commission from a service where CQC have identified concerns, albeit that these could, in our opinion, be relatively easily addressed."

The CQC carried out an inspection of Rose Villa on July 1, and two members of staff were suspended after concerns were raised about safeguarding.

According to the BBC, another member of staff was suspended in June after a whistleblower went public, and the fourth worker is accused of mishandling a patient.

(Additional reporting Press Association)

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