In only the third case of its kind to be brought before English criminal courts, Kevin Donnelly, instructed by Priscilla Addo – Quaye of Stephensons Solicitors, on 6th March 2017, defended businessmen brothers Amjad and Amer Latif. Both pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court to charges brought by the CQC in connection with their running of a dangerously sub-standard care home for the elderly, Mossley Manor.
Following the imposition of an £82,000 fine, Kevin commented:
“Since 2015, the Care Quality Commission has adopted new powers, not just to inspect and regulate in the care sector, but to prosecute. We are now seeing the first cases reaching the courts and there are lessons to be learned by operators and managers. The CQC is determined to maintain its tight inspection regime and use its new powers to expose and remove bad practice. Combined with the new guidelines that have seen a dramatic increase in the level of fines being imposed, this provides real food for thought for all those working in this sector.”