Probe launched at County Durham care home after workers suspended

AN investigation is underway at a privately-run care home after staff were suspended. The group of five workers have all been suspended from Stanley Park Care Home in Stanley, County Durham, owned by the Darlington-based Southern Cross Healthcare.

It is understood the workers were all suspended last month following an allegation relating to medical regulations.

But these claims have not been confirmed by the care home bosses who say they are unable to comment further on the allegation.

Joanne Elliott, area manager for the firm, said: “Southern Cross Healthcare can confirm that five members of staff at Stanley Park Care Home in Stanley have been suspended.

“In accordance with company policy we cannot comment further on these specific cases until we have completed out investigations. The wellbeing and safety of our residents is always our number one priority.”

Both Durham County Council, which funds some of the care provided at the home, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the health and social care watchdog, have both been alerted to the situation.

Southern Cross caters for more than 30,000 residents and employs 43,000 staff including 6,000 at its 93 regional homes and 200 at its headquarters in Darlington.