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Orchid View victim's relatives call for "blueprint for change"
1:33pm Friday 6th June 2014 in News
The relatives of “institutionalised abuse” victims at a Sussex care home say an imminent report into the scandal must be a “blueprint for change”.
Families of Orchid View residents say that the serious case review into care at the home must bring about reform of the care industry.
And Irwin Mitchell lawyers representing the families have called for a public inquiry into care industry regulations to be held.
The serious case review held commissioned by West Sussex Adult Safeguarding Board will be published on Monday.
An inquest last October into the deaths of 19 former residents at the home in Copthorne recorded a culture of “institutionalised abuse”, concluded five deaths were contributed to by neglect and all 19 care residents were given “suboptimal” care.
Medical law experts at Irwin Mitchell represent the families of former residents Jean Halfpenny, Jean Leatherbarrow, Doris Fielding, Enid Trodden, Bertram Jerome, Wilfred Gardner and John Holmes.
Several of the family members have formed the Orchid View Relatives Action Group to put pressure on the Government to enforce change to the regulation of the care industry.
Linzi Collings whose mother Jean Halfpenny died in 2010 after being administered three times her regular dose of the blood thinning drug Warfarin over the course of 17 days at Orchid View.
Speaking ahead of the review being published, she said: “It is nearly eight months since the conclusion of the inquest yet we continue to see a high number of stories in the press about other care homes failing CQC inspections or being investigated for putting residents at risk.
“Given the scale of the problem we agree with our lawyers that a full independent public inquiry should now follow, using evidence from the SCR, to ensure that every care home across the country is performing to a high standard and providing quality care, rather than running as a business with money rather than welfare as its core value.”
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