Police investigate deaths at care home

Police and the Commission for Social Care Inspection are
investigating five deaths this year at a Norfolk care home.

The probe into Horsford Court, near Norwich, will focus on
reviewing resident care and medical records, although the home has
not yet heard of any specific allegations that have been made
against it.

The CSCI has also referred one of the cases to Norwich coroner
William Armstrong, who said he was disappointed the investigation
had been made public.

There are 51 residents in the home, 39 funded by Norfolk Council,
which said it was assured that measures were in place to ensure
current residents’ safety.

Detective Chief Inspector Julian Gregory, who is leading the
investigation, said: “I have an open mind as to what we will find
as the investigation gets under way.”

A spokesperson for Southern Cross Healthcare, which owns the home,
said: “We are disappointed that the relevant agencies have been
unable to detail the nature of the allegations to local or senior
management of the home.”

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