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'We do need answers, the family is unhappy but we will wait for the process to conclude.’Grandmother Valerie Tilley had two falls in three days before she died in November last year after suffering a fractured skull.The retired insurance agent, 79, had dementia and had been at the Longfield Manor home in Billingshurst near Horsham for five months.Campaigners said the company’s past problems may not have been apparent to families after the firm re-registered with the CQC three years ago under a different name.MPs and campaigners have called for a full investigation.The troubling history of a scandal-hit chain of care homes where 12 people have died can be revealed today.Sussex Health Care is under police investigation over the deaths, which include disabled men in their 20s.A 21-year-old man – also on a respite care stay – died of pneumonia before Christmas last year.A 20-year-old man’s death late last year is also being looked at.
Lib Dem former care minister Norman Lamb said: ‘This is a deeply disturbing catalogue of failures, and I will be writing to the Health Secretary urging him to investigate why a number of warnings appear not to have been acted on'‘Overall we are concerned about the ability of Sussex Health Care to provide a reliable quality of care for people.
Understaffing at the homes, poor management of medicines, and the way residents are handled and moved are also under investigation.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) last night said it was concerned about ‘the ability’ of Sussex Health Care to provide reliable care, adding that the company allowed problems to escalate until they were pointed out by inspectors.
'While we have seen some examples of good practice, it is clear that this is not shared across all their services.’The care of many residents is funded by the council, which is understood to have paid the firm millions of pounds over its 30-year history.
But questions have also been raised about the close links between the local authority and the firm, after it emerged Peter Catchpole, who serves as policy adviser on the Sussex Health Care board, was also cabinet member for adult social care at West Sussex County Council.