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Care home pair in 'neglect' arrests

Two members of staff at a care home run by Southern Cross have been arrested on suspicion of ill-treatment and neglect.

A 54-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man were held concerning allegations contrary to the Mental Health Act 2007 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, police said.

The woman, from Godstone, Surrey, and the man, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, were bailed to November 14 following their arrests last Friday and Monday respectively.

The pair were employed in different roles at Orchid View in Copthorne, near Crawley, which specialises in caring for people with dementia.

Last week, Sussex Police said it was investigating allegations relating to a small number of residents and suspected mis-application of medication. It is not believed that anyone suffered serious medical complications as a result of the alleged conduct.

A police spokesman said: "There have been no other arrests at this time, and we are not prepared to discuss whether or not there will be further ones as the inquiry progresses.

"They have both been employed, each in a different capacity, at the home, but we are not prepared to discuss their roles or current employment status, or where they were arrested."

Southern Cross, which is Britain's biggest care home provider, collapsed earlier this year, sparking fears for the 31,000 residents who live in its 750 premises. The business is being divided among dozens of smaller firms, with more than 250 care homes expected to be transferred to new companies.

In a statement, Southern Cross said: "Southern Cross confirms that it is co-operating fully with the Sussex Police and West Sussex Adult Services investigation into an allegation made about the provision of care in one of our care homes.

"As this investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage. The priority for Southern Cross is, and remains, the provision of quality care to all of its residents."


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