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Owners of Liverpool care home criticised for rooms like ‘prison cells’ handed fine of over £80,000

The owners of a care home in Liverpool that was deemed dangerous have been fined more than £80,000.

Two brothers, Amjad and Amer Latif admitted a total of 14 offences following investigations by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2015 which highlighted issues like residents were not being bathed and were being kept in rooms like ‘prison cells’.

The CQC investigation led to a court order to close the Mossley Manor Care Home in Mossley Hill, which charged a minimum fee of £1,000 per month for its 43 permanent residents, after finding conditions to be, in the prosecutions words,  “depressing, unhygienic and unsafe.”

The investigation was sparked after a woman called in the CQC after removing her mother from the care home just two hours after arriving due to the poor conditions.

The inspectors found that there was no hot water at the care home, the toilets were dirty and there was a high risk of infections spreading. They also found that there was not enough staff on hand, a lack of suitably trained staff and some employees who were looking after vulnerable elderly residents had previous criminal convictions.

During an earlier hearing it was revealed that the two owners had failed to notify the authorities after three of the residents had passed away. They also failed to notify them about three separate serious incidents that happened at the care home, and in general they were found to be failing to provide adequate care to residents and were exposing them to ‘significant’ risk.

The CQC’s deputy chief inspector for adult social care, Debbie Westhead, said: “People who use adult social care services such as care homes should expect to be kept safe from harm and treated with dignity.

“Our inspectors found the services provided at Mossley Manor Care Home, Liverpool, fell well short of what people should expect, exposing some of the most vulnerable people in our society to unimaginable indignities.”