THREE carers have been suspended from a nursing home amid allegations they slept on the job while they should have been looking after residents.
Two of the women have since resigned from their posts at The Spinney in Up Holland, and the home has launched an investigation.
It is understood that the women were night staff who had smuggled bedding into the College Road premises and then taken naps when they should have been caring for the elderly residents.
A source said that suspicious management had turned up at 3am unexpectedly one night and caught at least one of the women napping and photographed the beds they had made for themselves as evidence.
The Care Quality Commission, which polices privately run nursing homes, today confirmed that it had been informed of the three suspensions and that the matter would be addressed at a routine registration compliance review for The Spinney which is said to be imminent.
Owned by the London-based Bondcare Group, the Spinney is described in its publicity as a “35-bedded nursing and residential home situated in three acres of beautiful landscaped gardens in the heart of the greenbelt countryside”.
Management have been quick to act.
The source said: “Three people were suspended and asked to resign after they were accused of putting residents’ safety at risk by sleeping.
“Managers went in at 3am and took pictures of beds the staff had made for themselves and caught them sleeping.”
A spokesman for the Care Quality Commission said: “The CQC has been notified of the suspension of three members of staff from nursing home The Spinney, on College Road, Up Holland due to concerns relating to staff sleeping while on duty.
“We are also aware that two staff have since resigned. The home has followed the correct procedures and is now carrying out an investigation. We will be notified of its result.
“The Spinney is to undergo an imminent planned compliance review.”
The spokesman stressed that the review was already scheduled and had not been arranged in response to the suspensions.
A man, who identified himself as the Bondcare employee with responsibility for the home but declined to give his name, said: “There is an on-going investigation and we do not intend to comment.”