Nurse welcomes result of care-home probe

REPORT PRAISED ... whistleblower Phil Brown.

REPORT PRAISED ... whistleblower Phil Brown.

A NURSE – who called for a public inquiry after the appalling failings at a scandal-hit care home in South Tyneside were revealed – has welcomed the results of a serious case review.

Phil Brown said he had feared a “whitewash” from the probe looking at the failings at St Michael’s View Nursing Home, South Shields.

The serious case review was sparked after the death of pensioner Joyce Wordingham, who was found dead in her bed in 2010.

The report identified “systemic failings” at the home, which was run by now defunct provider Southern Cross, as well as highlighting “unsafe, unhygienic and abusive practices” and “consistently poor standards of “care practice.”

However, it also provided a list of recommendations for other public organisations – including a call for them to take “collective responsibility” and show that “lessons have been learned”.

Mr Brown, who blew the whistle on the state of care and hygiene at the home when it was called Bamburgh Court Care Centre, said: “I am just astonished they have admitted there were ‘systemic failings’.

“I thought it was going to be a whitewash.

“What I am annoyed with is the fact there were serious issues previously raised at the home, albeit, it was a different name and under a different company.

“It should have been more closely monitored. I just hope everyone takes on board the recommendations and actions, not just now but to continue to action them in the future.”

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