VIDEO: Neighbours' support for Plymouth care home 'squatters'
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Sat Aug 3 11:31:06 BST 2013
VIDEO: Neighbours' support for care home 'squatters'
Friday, August 02, 2013
By LISA CLARK @lisaclarkherald
TWO former carers squatting in their old place of
work are continuing their sit in supported by neighbours.
As reported in yesterday's Herald whistleblowers
Rosemary Parker and Launa Llewellyn-Jones are
squatting in Park View care home in Plymouth and
have now been there for three days.
They hope their drastic measure will force their
former boss into paying them the £40,000 he was
ordered to cough up at a tribunal. People living
near to now defunct Peverell care home have been
supporting the women by giving them food and drinks and keeping them company.
Owner, Nick Chapman, said he would be seeking an
urgent injunction to force the women out. But he
was unavailable for contact yesterday.
Rosemary said: "We've not heard anything or been
told by the court to get out so we're assuming he hasn't done it yet.
"The neighbours here have been brilliant. They've
been helping us protest in the street with our posters.
"We're quite prepared to stay here for as long as
it takes weeks or even months."
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health
watchdog, took enforcement action against Park
View and Southview in May, after inspectors found
that medicines were not being administered
properly. Both homes are owned by Mr Chapman's
company, Ashley Residential Care Limited, whose
registered office is in Torquay.
In early July, a few weeks after the CQC reports,
Plymouth City Council's safeguarding team stepped
in and moved out the elderly residents from the two homes.
The action came in the wake of whistle-blowing in
February by employees Mrs Parker and Ms Llewellyn-Jones.
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