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Learning disability home not protecting residents, CQC says

Learning disability care home 4 Seafarers Walk in Hayling Island in Hampshire has been found to be failing to meet 8 essential standards of care, according to a report by regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The home is owned by Community Integrated Care (CIC). The CQC inspected 4 Seafarers Walk on June 28 as a result of concerns raised by social services. Inspectors reported major concerns about 8 essential standards, including obtaining consents to care and treatment, medicine management, safeguarding and insufficient staffing. In response, the managers of 4 Seafarers Walk have submitted an action plan to the CQC outlining how it will address these concerns and meet the standards. The CQC is planning to make an unannounced inspection to check whether the improvements have been made.

CQC regional director for the south east, Roxy Boyce, said: “The care at 4 Seafarers Walk has fallen far short of the standards people have a right to expect. “The law says these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect when they receive care. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant – or face the consequences. “Our inspectors will return to 4 Seafarers Walk very soon, and if we find that the provider is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers on behalf of the people who live there.”

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