You may have read in the Evening Cancer on Friday that police are investigating allegations of abuse at Kingsmead Lodge Nursing Home in Shire.
This private residential care home, specialising in dementia, is run by a Nottingham-based company, Mimosa Healthcare Group, who sell their product with the motto “Where people Matter”.
In recent years – since, in fact, our councillors unaminously voted in 2005 to farm out all of our care of the elderly to businesses in order to pay off a multi-million pound overspend run up by incompetent social service senior managers – places like Kingsmead Lodge have been used extensively by Bristol City Council Social Services.
Now five former staff from the home have come forward and made sworn statements about what’s been going on in this home.
The allegations, which the Cancer’s been a little reticent to spell out so far describe “a regime run by bullying and fear where you would suffer repercussions if you spoke out or reported any incidents.”
And there’s a lot more than this, which The Blogger will be posting later in the week.
Mimosa declined to comment to the Cancer but they’ve certainly been busy since the story broke on Friday.
Yesterday saw Mimosa begin their fightback with the usual soppy PR moves. A new management team seems to have miraculously appeared at the home and a private meeting for relatives of residents in the home was held.
This meeting predictably excluded the family of the complainant and the press. Instead they were left to freeze outside the home and threatened with arrest while Mimosa’s top brass were left unchallenged to imply that all five former members of staff must be lying.
If you’re interested in this story, keep an eye on the public forum at the council’s
Health Scrutiny Commission tomorrow at the Council House.