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CQC fines Oxfordshire care home £4,000 for failure to meet national standards

5 June 2014
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5 June 2014

A care provider who has persistently failed to comply with national standards has been fined £4,000 by the Care Quality Commission.

CQC issued a fixed penalty notice to the provider after inspectors found that action had not been taken to address concerns identified on inspection at Beech Court Nursing Home, Newland Street, Witney, since November 2012. Beech Court Nursing Home is registered to provide accommodation and nursing care for up to 26 people.

The registered provider, Dr Brian Cheung, had been formally told that he was facing legal action following four unannounced inspections since November 2012. Inspectors found that the care home was failing to protect people using the service against risk associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines. The provider had been told to make urgent improvements

When inspectors returned unannounced, they found that people were still at risk by unsafe use, management and storage of medicines. Subsequently CQC issued a fixed penalty notice, which the provider has now paid.

Adrian Hughes, CQC’s director in the South said:

“The law sets out national standards that everyone who uses services should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they meet these standards.  Our decision to fine this provider sends a clear and public message that failure to meet national standards will not be tolerated.

"It is a matter of concern that people using services are not treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and they are not involved in the decision making in their own care.

"We will keep Beech Court Nursing Home under review to ensure that the improvements take place, and we will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to ensure residents consistently receive the service they are entitled to expect.


For further information please contact the CQC Regional Communications Officer, John Scott 0191 2333548.

The CQC press office can be contacted on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143

Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.