Sussex Health Care investigated

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Sussex Police have confirmed that they are conducting inquiries into a number of disability care homes in West Sussex, following an investigation carried out by the Care Quality Commission and a number of concerns being raised about reported deaths.

The CQC have identified two homes in Horsham operated by Sussex Health Care (The Laurels and Orchard Lodge) as being of significant concern.  These homes provide care for young people and adults with complex learning and physical disabilities.

New placements at 8 homes operated by Sussex Health Care have been suspended whilst the various investigations are carried out, with reports due to be published in due course.

Andrew Hannam, Partner, who has represented a number of vulnerable adults who have been affected by such failings in other homes and private hospitals (including Winterbourne View where BBC Panorama exposed abuse of adults with learning disabilities), comments that:

“It is alleged that vulnerable members of our community have experienced failures in the care provided to them at a time when they require that care the most.  What is important now is that the police and CQC are provided with the information that they need for a full and thorough investigation to be carried out.”

If you are concerned about a family member or would like to speak to Enable Law about legal implications arising from the case, please contact Andrew Hannam or Lindsey Connett on 03303 116775 or /