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Patients 'abused' at Co Derry care home - two staff members suspended

By Deric Henderson

Two members of staff have been suspended as police investigate allegations of abuse on patients at an independent care home in Co Derry.

The PSNI confirmed today that officers are carrying out an inquiry into the claims at Rush Hall, Limavady, which is owned by Four Seasons Healthcare.

More than 60 elderly men and women, some suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's, live at the property.

A police spokesman said they would be speaking to anyone who could assist officers "to help bring those responsible to justice".

Management at Rush Hall are co-operating fully with the PSNI and the Western Health and Social Care Trust, as well as the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, according to Four Seasons. A statement said the allegations were in relation to the care of vulnerable adults.

It added: "Two members of staff have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation in line with our normal procedure and nothing more should be read into this.

"The wellbeing of the people in our care is our first priority and we have an active whistle-blowing policy that encourages staff to report any concerns and we always work with the relevant authorities to ensure they are rigorously investigated.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further ahead of the outcome of the investigation."

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