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Care Home fined £2,500 after failing to notify authorities of a positive legionella test

By March 1, 2014May 16th, 2017Water

A care provider which failed to notify the Care Quality Commission in line with legal requirements has been issued with fines totalling £2,500.

CQC issued two fixed penalty notices to Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Limited following the provider’s failure to inform the commission about a positive legionella test result, and of changes to the management at Holy Name Care Home in Hall Road, Hull, North Yorkshire.

Following routine testing on 23 September 2013, five of nine water samples taken at Holy Name Care Home had tested positive for Legionella. Although the provider took action to protect people’s safety, they did not report the situation to CQC as is required under Regulation 18 of the Health and Social Care Act.

Additionally, following an inspection at the home on 11 October 2013 it became apparent that the provider had not notified CQC of the suspension of the manager as is required under Regulation 15 of the Health and Social Care Act.

In the light of this direct failure to meet legally required national standards, CQC issued two fixed penalty notices of £1,250 each, which the provider has accepted and paid.

Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC’s Regional Director (North) said:
“Every provider has a legal duty to ensure that it meets national care standards to ensure residents receive the service they are entitled to expect. Failure to notify CQC of serious issues or events that have the potential to impact directly on the safety and welfare of residents is unacceptable. Molescroft Nursing Home (Holdings) Limited has now paid the fines in full and we will continue to monitor the home closely as part of our regulatory responsibilities.”

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