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Warning Finsbury Park nursing home closure ‘will kill’ residents

PUBLISHED: 13:11 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 07 August 2017

Haringey Council has been warned residents of Osborne Grove Nursing Home will die if the home is forced to close. Picture: James Morris

Haringey Council has been warned residents of Osborne Grove Nursing Home will die if the home is forced to close. Picture: James Morris

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A proposal to close a Finsbury Park nursing home could end up killing residents, a meeting has been told.

In March inspectors rated Osborne Grove Nursing Home inadequate after finding 16 out of 19 residents had not had a bath since the Care Quality Commission’s last visit three months earlier.

Inspectors were also forced to ask staff to seek urgent treatment for a pensioner suffering severe constipation at the home.

Since the inspection Haringey Council – which runs the home in Tollington Park on Islington’s border – has proposed to close the centre. It received four enforcement warnings for breaching legal requirements and its own dissatisfaction over the pace of improvements, in spite of an overhaul of the management team.

Speaking at the first public consultation on the proposal agreed by Haringey in June, volunteer Lauritz Hansen Bay warned the council: “If you move residents from here the shock will kill them. How do you prevent that from happening?”

Acknowledging the council was aware of the risk, cabinet member for adult social care Cllr Bernice Vanier said: “The decision has not been arrived at easily. But standards have fallen. That is a tremendous concern.”

Director for adult social services Beverley Tarka added: “We do not see the CQC rating as a death sentence.”

Accusing the council of not taking responsibility for its failure to turn the home’s fortunes around, Save Autism Services Haringey campaigner Mary Langan said an assurance Haringey wanted to see a care facility remain on the site was “not much of a guarantee.”

Ms Langan then urged the council to reveal exactly where residents would be transferred to and be assured of safe, good quality care.

In response Cllr Vanier refused to accept the council had failed to take responsibility for failings at the home, which the CQC is expected to report on again in three weeks’ time.

However, Ms Langan replied the closure proposal was tantamount to failure: “There’s no precise information about where people will go. People moved in these circumstances will die. You can’t get higher stakes than that.”

The next consultation at the home is 5pm on September 7.

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  • Your killing them in those conditions anyway, some were left without bathswashing even turning to prevent bed sores. The home had a duty of care & failed, these homes are money making schemes as well as borough funding or any savingsassets they have 90% of the pension is also used. This is not a free service so the owners should invest in staff capable of meeting the most vulnerable frail peoples needs. Moving them to a safe environment will save their lives, the only shock will be getting the personal care they never got here. Shut it down & show these people the respect they are due.

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    Jane Harrison

    Friday, September 1, 2017

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