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Care home forced to shut down

A PRIVATE hospital which has been rapped by the social care watchdog will close, it has been revealed.

A PRIVATE hospital which has been rapped by the social care watchdog will close, it has been revealed.

Arden Vale, in Showell Lane, Meriden, will be shut before the end of next week, after legal action by the Care Quality Commission.

It had emerged last month that some staff had been suspended at the hospital, following allegations of misconduct.

Now Castlebeck, who run Arden Vale, have agreed to close the service - which cares for adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Their decision comes after the CQC issued a legal notice, proposing to remove Arden Vale from the company’s registration.

Andrea Gordon, CQC’s regional director, said: “CQC raised serious concerns about the care provided at Arden Vale and demanded improvements.

“When we did not see evidence of these improvements, we took action to protect people by initiating a legal process required to close a service.”

The authorities will now help to find care elsewhere for patients at the 25-bed facility.

Arden Vale will be the third Castlebeck site to close this summer, after two Bristol-based homes were shut.

The company had come under scrutiny following an investigation by BBC’s Panorama programme.

 

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