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Arden Vale becomes third Castlebeck care home to close

A third care home run by a company at the centre of allegations of abuse against vulnerable patients is to close, it has been announced.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Castlebeck had agreed to close Arden Vale, in Meriden, near Coventry, by next Thursday.

Castlebeck said it was making other arrangements for the 19 residents.

The company owns Winterbourne View, in Bristol, where abuse was filmed by an undercover BBC Panorama journalist.

'No evidence'

Since the BBC One programme was broadcast, the home for people with learning disabilities has been closed by the CQC.

And Castlebeck announced last week that it was to shut Rose Villa, also in Bristol, for "operational reasons".

Arden Vale, which cares for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities, was the subject of legal action by the CQC after it inspected the facility in June.

The move would have prevented Castlebeck from operating at the site.

Andrea Gordon, CQC's regional director for the West and East Midlands, said it had taken action after seeing "no evidence" of the improvements to care it had demanded.

She said: "Castlebeck has responded to our action by agreeing to close the service on a voluntary basis.

"When CQC published reports into all 23 Castlebeck locations at the end of last month, we identified four services where we had significant concerns.

"Arden Vale will be the second of these locations to close; Rose Villa in Bristol closed last week. A third service, Winterbourne View, was closed following CQC action in June.

"We continue to monitor all Castlebeck services very closely."

Lee Reed, Castlebeck chief executive, said it agreed with the CQC's report and would not appeal against the body's decision.

'Improved reporting systems'

He said: "We will be working with the people in our care at Arden Vale, as well as their families and care managers, to ensure that there is minimum disruption and that the right services are found for their needs."

The chief executive said Castlebeck was already in the process of introducing improved training and "significantly improved reporting systems".

"We remain deeply sorry and apologise for any incidences where our services have in the past not met the high standards that we, those we support and their families, expect and deserve."