CSCI finds no evidence of neglect at Laurel Bank

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

An investigation by the Commission for Social care Inspection (CSCI) has found that “no concerns about the care delivered . . . were identified” at the Laurel Bank care home in Gee Cross, Hyde. CSCI had been asked by the Coroner to review the case of an elderly Tameside woman, Dorothy Lyons, who, he ruled, had died of “natural causes aggravated by neglect”. The request sparked a major inspection and all the agencies involved were carefully scrutinised. Laurel bank owner Ed Carley said that, by implication, the prime “neglect” suspects were staff at his care home. The case received considerable local and national press attention. However, in a 14-page report, CSCI investigators stated that “all the needs of Mrs Lyons were met”, adding, “feedback . . . about the home has been very positive”. “We never had the slightest doubt that we would be completely cleared,” said Mr Carley. “The only mystery is why the Coroner ordered a review in the first place. Apparently, he felt that some of his questions were not answe

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