Saturday, 16 October 2021

occ care blunder

NOBODY knows better than this newspaper about the importance of checking facts.

It seems the same cannot be said for Oxfordshire County Council, which issued a statement last week erroneously claiming that two care homes in Goring had received “outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission this year.

Judith Heathcoat, cabinet member for care, was quoted as saying: “Although Oxfordshire County Council has not directly run any care homes for adults since 2001, we clearly place people in such homes.

“It is in everybody in Oxfordshire’s interests to know that standards are high in the private sector... and Goring appears to be a real hot spot for high standards.”

But while Cleeve Lodge in Elmhurst Walk was indeed given top marks following an inspection in September, The Grange in Grange Close, which was the other home that the council cited, in fact received the lowest rating of “requires improvement”.

Lyndhurst Residential Care Home in Lyndhurst Road, which is also run by Goring Care Homes, was given the same rating. When the Henley Standard queried this, the council confirmed it had mixed up The Grange with another home of the same name in Stanford-in-the-Vale.

In the interest of fairness, the statement correctly reported that three homes across Oxfordshire had received an “outstanding” rating for the first time. The third was Vale House in Oxford.

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