The chief executive of Healthwatch England, has written to the Department of Health, demanding action to close loopholes that mean that some of the most vulnerable people in society are living in appalling conditions and receiving poor care, which is not subject to any regulatory scrutiny.
The health and social care consumer watchdog was alerted to the problem after Pearl Baker got in contact to raise concerns about the state of her son Nicholas’ accommodation and that of his neighbour, Christine Jones.
Both have schizophrenia and were placed into supported living accommodation in Newbury, by West Berkshire council. Housing association London and Quadrant owns the property and has contracted out its management to a not for profit agency, Creative Support which also provides the care service, on behalf of the council, to help tenants with severe mental health conditions live independently. These include taking residents to do their weekly shop…
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