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Covid care home investigation ends

No further action against two people

An investigation into an outbreak of covid at a Sidmouth care home has been concluded and no further action will be taken.

Between 25 February and 16 April, eleven deaths were reported at Holmesley Care Home in Sidford, which were all believed to be related to the outbreak.

A 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter were being investigated on suspicion of wilful neglect. No further action will be taken against the two suspects.

Both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are now considering offences relating to the Care Act 2014 and health and safety legislation.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Lesley Bulley, said: “Our priority has been to understand the cause of the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home and ensure that safeguarding concerns were addressed. 

“We would like to thank the families of the deceased for their patience throughout what has been a really complex case.”

A CQC spokesperson, added: “Following the inspection of Holmesley Care Home, CQC imposed urgent conditions upon the service. Following this, CQC are considering what further action we may want to take.”

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