BBC’s abuse claim challenged

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Claims by the BBC TV’s Panorama programme that some elderly nursing home residents may be “unsafe and unprotected” from abuse have been challenged by the National Care Association (NCA), which points out that robust legislation is in place to give the regulator wide ranging powers to fight against cases of abuse in the care sector. The NCA quotes the Care Standards Act which provides that: # Inspectors have a right of entry to a care home both day and night, # It is a criminal offence not to admit an inspector, # Inspectors have the right to interview both residents and staff in private, # Inspectors have the right to seize records in the home, # The CSCI can go to the Magistrate’s Court to obtain an immediate cancellation of registration in the most serious cases. NCA chairman Nadra Ahmed also pointed out that, under the National Assistance Act 1948 (as amended), local councils had powers to remove all their placements into care homes. “Members of National Care Association will be extremely concern

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