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Thistlegate House in Charmouth care home operators' ban upheld

Operators of a Dorset care home have been banned from running residential care following a tribunal decision.

John Corney and June Webb had appealed against a Care Quality Commission decision to cancel their licence to operate Thistlegate House in Charmouth amid concerns about residents' welfare.

But a tribunal judge upheld the decision.

The CQC said it was working with Dorset County Council to help residents find alternative accommodation.

Inspectors had visited Thistlegate House, which provided care for 18 elderly people, five times since January 2013.

They reported concerns over "quality, safety and monitoring of the service" including residents not receiving their medicines safely and safeguards not being in place to protect people from abuse.

The tribunal judge, Maureen Roberts confirmed CQC's licence withdrawal made in April, saying the proprietors had shown an "unwillingness to improve".

"Mr Corney in particular appears to have spent a huge amount of energy and time arguing with the regulatory bodies. He has convinced himself that he is right and, from his own evidence, said that he would not wish to run the home in any other way," she said.

The ruling means Corney and Webb can no longer operate any CQC-regulated residential home in England.