Western Rise Damning Report

Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Doggett is set to challenge The Conservative/UKIP administration of Torbay Council at the Full Counci meetingl this Thursday 27 October over their response to the "damning" Western Rise serious case review.

Cllr Doggett said: “I was shocked at how many professionals failed to share their concerns with colleagues about the appalling conditions at this care home.  I want assurances that this will never happen again in Torbay and that procedures have been adopted to ensure that this is the case.” 

The Question is as follows:
Having read through the "damning" Western Rise Residential Home Serious Case Review Report a number of times, it seems the troubles started in March 2012, when a resident with dementia choked to death.  There then followed 5 inspections up to June 2014, when, due to the severity of the issues at the home, a multi-agency whole home large scale investigation was agreed on June 9th.  This then quickly started, involving members of 18 different professions.  A 6th Inspection took place in July, followed by 3 more up to January 2015!  My concern is why, prior to June 2014, poor standards of care were not considered a concern, despite the regular visits of healthcare professionals. Can I and other members of the council be reassured that the 26 recommendations identified will be adhered to?  Finally, can we make sure that the Torbay Safeguarding Adults Board does hold agencies to account regarding their actions?

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