Published: 00:01, 17 July 2016
The owners of an inadequate care home will face action from the CQC after failing to protect patients in their care.
Newlands Residential Home in Walmer has closed after it was put in special measures after an inadequate rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
There were 10 people being cared for at the home in Wellington Parade.
It was inspected on June 3 and June 8, after a previous report in February this year branded it inadequate.
Kent County Council confirmed the home has now closed.
The CQC said it found four continued breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
As a result of this, the regulating authority said it was taking action against the providers, Uday Kumar and Kiranjit Juttla-Kumar, to protect the health, safety and welfare of people using this service.
The report stated: “People were not consistently protected from avoidable harm.
“Accidents and incidents were not accurately recorded and prompt action was not taken to reduce the risks of further events.
“Risks to people had not always been identified and assessed.
“When guidance was in place for staff to follow they had not consistently followed this to ensure people were safe.
“The premises and grounds of the service were not adequately maintained to ensure people’s safety. Paths leading from fire doors were not clear.
“There were insufficient numbers of staff deployed and there were shortfalls in staff training.
“Staff did not have the skills and competencies to recognise when people needed further medical attention. There was no manager to provide oversight and scrutiny of the day-to-day running of the service and the quality of the service delivered.”
The CQC said there had not been a registered manager at the care home for the last five years.
The latest inspection focused on safety and was a follow-up from the report in February.
The report said residents received their medicines safely and were protected against the risks associated with unsafe use and management of medicines.
Residents said they felt safe and looked comfortable with other people, the staff and environment.
Mr Kumar and Mrs Juttla-Kumar refused to comment. It is not known whether staff have lost their jobs.