CHI to probe claims of abuse of older people at NHS Trust

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

The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) is to investigate concerns about the standard of care for older patients on the Rowan Ward and Manchester mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority asked for the investigation to be carried out, and both the Authority and the trust have said they welcome CHI¹s involvement. Concerns include allegations of older people being mentally and physically abused while patients on the Rowan Ward. There have also been claims that staff have been bullied and intimidated, and CHI will examine whether the Trust¹s whistle-blowing policy is working effectively. CHI chief executive Dr Peter Homa said the Commission¹s report would make recommendations for the Trust and provide lessons for the rest of the NHS. “CHI has significant concerns about allegations relating to the standard of care on Rowan ward,” Dr Homa said. “We can not let such serious allegations go untested. “We will investigate the claims, and the steps the Trust has taken

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