MP demands apologies for families of care home victims

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A Lancashire MP has called for the bosses of a care home to apologise to families of elderly people mistreated there.

Three carers were jailed and a fourth given a community sentence on Friday for the ill-treatment of residents of Hillcroft nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest, Lancaster.

Sentencing Carol Ann Moore, 54, Katie Cairns, 27, and Gemma Pearson, 28, and Darren Smith, 35, Judge Michael Byrne criticised the management of the home.

Now Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris said those with loved ones afffected by the case deserved an apology.

He said: “I think it’s about time Hillcroft did apologise to those families.

“I am absolutely furious that this has been allowed to happen by the management of Hillcroft and there should be an investigation.”

Moore, of Ripon Avenue, Lancaster,was jailed for four months; Cairns, of Riverview Court, Morecambe, was jailed for five months; and Smith, of Howgill Avenue, Lancaster, was imprisoned for eight months. Pearson, of Hill Street, Carnforth, was given a 12-month community order with supervision and told to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

In sentencing, Judge Byrne said there had been “a lax regime with weak and inadequate management on the unit which allowed this kind of conduct to carry on undetected.”