Patients have died following home closure

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A woman has blamed the death of her aunt on the ‘traumatic’ move from a closed down care home.

Old Village School Nursing Home in Marston Moretaine was forced to close its doors after inspectors, who found that patients were being put at risk, took legal action. One woman, who this week attended the funeral of her aunt, said: “There has been no mention of the three residents who have died as a consequence of the very traumatic move -my aunt Edna Allen being one of them.

“I’m sure they would still be alive had they still been there.

“Some of the residents were moved miles away without prior notice.”

Action to shut down the care home was taken by the Care Quality Commission on August 7.

It meant that 51 people had to be moved from the home at short notice.

A spokesman for the CQC said: “The shocking examples of care that were found at The Old Village School were absolutely appalling and it was essential for us to take further action so that people could be protected and kept safe.

“This was not an action taken lightly as the last thing we want to do is move people from their homes.

“We understand how distressing this upheaval was for the residents of The Old Village School and their families. We express our sincere sympathies to all involved.

A police investigation is ongoing into the treatment of patients at the home.

The relocation of patients was the responsibility of Central Beds Council and the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

A spokesman for Central Beds Council and the BCCG said: “We are aware that three former Old Village School residents have sadly died and have expressed our respective condolences to their families.

“We continue to monitor all residents, to keep in contact with families.”