Care Staff Suspended Over Abuse Claim

6 July 2015, 15:09 | Updated: 6 July 2015, 15:13

Three members of staff at a care home have been suspended as police investigate allegations of physical abuse.

The investigation began after a whistle-blower raised concerns about the conduct of colleagues at Colinton Care Home for the elderly in Edinburgh.

Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC), which runs the home, said relatives of the 53 residents have been informed.

It is co-operating with police on the investigation.

An FSHC spokesman said: "When one of our care staff raised concerns about the conduct of colleagues, the home manager notified all the relevant authorities and we have been co-operating actively with a police investigation.

"Three members of staff have been suspended pending its outcome. We have informed relatives of people living in the home.

"The well-being of the people in our care is our priority and we have an active whistle-blowing policy that encourages our residents, relatives and staff to raise any concerns they may have about any aspect of care, and these are always followed up and referred to relevant authorities as appropriate so that they may be investigated in a thorough and transparent way.

"We are grateful to our carer for their vigilance in raising concerns that have led to the investigation.

"It is not appropriate to comment further ahead of the conclusion of the investigation and any subsequent legal process."

FSHC has 350 care homes across the UK.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint relating to a care home in the south side of Edinburgh.

"We are liaising with our partners and our inquiries are ongoing."

Edinburgh City Council said it is aware of concerns that have been raised and is working with its partners to address them.