Councillors and MP shocked at claims of failings at Uplands Independent Hospital in Fareham

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COUNCILLORS and politicians reacted with horror at the revelations in the latest Care Quality Commission report on Uplands Independent Hospital.

They are calling for more action to be taken to make sure the care home, which looks after mental health patients, is brought up to acceptable standards.

Fareham MP Mark Hoban said he was shocked to hear about the CQC report.

Mr Hoban said: ‘I am horrified that Uplands has received such a damning report from the CQC.

‘People with mental health problems deserve the very best possible treatment and care and clearly Uplands Independent Hospital has let them down.

‘It is vital that vulnerable people are protected and clearly in this case the CQC has done its job in highlighting the failings of the home and it is vital that the managements take steps to rectify these failings as soon as possible.’

Healthcare provisions in Fareham fall under the county council’s portfolio.

Executive member for adult social care and public health Liz Fairhurst said she was concerned about the report and would be working to improve standards.

Cllr Fairhurst said: ‘The council has been, and continues to work closely with the CQC, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and hospital authorities to ensure patients at this independent hospital remain safe and well cared for.

‘We are working with all the agencies involved to ensure the agreed multi-agency action plan to improve standards at the hospital is implemented. As the lead agency with responsibility for safeguarding in Hampshire, we take all safeguarding concerns extremely seriously.’

Fareham’s council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘I am shocked to hear of so many transgressions. It is a very real concern as they are extremely vulnerable people.’