Suffolk’s care homes again under scrutiny as Mills Meadow in Framlingham slammed by watchdog

Mills Meadow Care Home on Fore Street in Framlingham.

Mills Meadow Care Home on Fore Street in Framlingham. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The running of Suffolk’s residential care homes comes under fire again as a fourth Care UK centre received a “requires improvement” rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham was found to require improvement in four of the five assessment categories for failing to provide a consistently safe, effective, responsive and well-led service - making it the fourth Care UK home to be hit with a ‘requires improvement’ rating within a year of their opening.

A CQC inspection was arranged after Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter, a former health minister, was approached by staff and relatives who claimed that staffing levels at the home were inadequate.

During the inspection, the staff to patient ratio was found to be breaching health and social care regulations.

Labour group leader at Suffolk County Council, Sandy Martin, has said his party is preparing a motion to call for improvements to this service.

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