Salford Advertiser - - FRONTPAGE - Dean Kirby dean.kirby@men-news.co.uk @MENnews­desk

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into claims an el­derly man was phys­i­cally and ver­bally abused at a pri­vate care home in Sal­ford.

Po­lice and so­cial ser­vices chiefs have launched a probe into the al­le­ga­tions at Labur­num Court in Lower Broughton.

The home in Pri­ory Grove has 67 beds and pro­vides spe­cial­ist care for peo­ple with de­men­tia.

It is un­der­stood the al­le­ga­tion re­lates to claims by a rel­a­tive that a man in his 80s was ver­bally abused and pulled from a chair.

A sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion is also un­der way into al­leged fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Two staff mem­bers have been suspended pending the out­come of both in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Sal­ford Coun­cil’s safe­guard­ing team was alerted by the home’s manager.

A spokesman for GMP said: “An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched by Sal­ford’s Public Pro­tec­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit and of­fi­cers are work­ing with staff at the care home and Sal­ford Coun­cil’s safe­guard­ing team. In­quiries are on­go­ing.”

The Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion, which in­spects care homes, car­ried out an unan­nounced in­spec­tion in Jan­uary and found safe­guards were in place to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from risk of abuse.

But its re­port, pub­lished last month, said the home re­quired im­prove­ment and was not pro­vid­ing safe, ef­fec­tive, re­spon­sive or well-led care.

A spokes­woman for Four Sea­sons Health Care, which runs the home, said: “When con­cerns were raised by a rel­a­tive about the con­duct of a mem­ber of staff to­wards a res­i­dent the home manager no­ti­fied CQC, safe­guard­ing and the po­lice so that the con­cern could be in­ves­ti­gated in an un­bi­ased and trans­par­ent way.

“The wel­fare and well­be­ing of our res­i­dents is our pri­or­ity.”

Labur­num Court

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