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Burton care home woes are a top priority in the area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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Trent Court care home

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COUNCIL chiefs have revealed taking a closer look at a troubled care home in Burton is among one of its top priorities.

Conor Wileman, who represents the Burton Tower division on Staffordshire County Council, revealed that he highlighted the need for more to be done to find out why the Bridge, Burton and Trent Court care home in Ashby Road, has recently been struck by a raft of issues.

The Mail recently reported how the Elder Homes run facility was the focus of a major investigation into standards of care that has seen a woman charged with assault and several staff members suspended.

The home has also been on the receiving end of several poor reports from the Care Quality Commission.

Now Councillor Wileman, in his role as member of the safe and stronger communities select committee, has spoken to the Mail about what the council is doing to better regulate the site and what more can be done to assist its owners.

He said: "It has not gone unnoticed the issues surrounding the home in recent months.

"As a group we have to look at the major issues in the area and, after talking to people in my division, this one came out on top.

"We need to look at the CQC findings and see what we can do to help turn things around.

"I also am a firm believer in the need for more unannounced inspections.

"This means that inspectors can get a true and unvarnished view on what is happening at the site.

"This is a top priority for me and for the committee and I hope that we can work hard to improve the current situation.

"I would also urge anyone with issues concerning the site to get in touch with me, so that we can help out anyone who needs assistance straight away."

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