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Avery Care Home Whistle Blowers Sacked

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

GMB Demands Immediate Reinstatement Of Sacked Care Home Workers For Whistle Blowing About Alleged Sexual Abuse Of A Woman Resident In Avery Care Home Lucas Court Home In Northamptonshire

These three members have been dismissed on trumped up charges because the Home Manager and Deputy Manager failed to safeguard the resident in their care claims GMB.

GMB, the union for care workers, is appealing against the sacking of three care employees of Avery Homes, who blew the whistle on an alleged sexually abusive incident against an elderly woman resident, by a male resident, at Avery’s Lucas Court Care Home in Moulton, Northamptonshire on 16th June 2015.

Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Regional Officer said, “The three GMB members were sacked for a variety of different reasons by Avery Home managers but GMB believes that the various reasons are all a sham and the real reason was the whistle-blowing. GMB can and will robustly defend all three at their appeals.

One of the GMB members reported the alleged abuse to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the body responsible for overseeing safety and quality standards in England’s care homes. The report triggered a visit from CQC ‘safeguarding’ to the Avery Lucas Court home on Friday 26th June. Only then was the male resident moved out of the unit on the 26th June and put on 1 to 1 monitoring by carers and locks fitted on a partition door.

GMB has no reason not to believe our members. GMB believes that the members have been dismissed on trumped up charges because the Home managers failed to safeguard the resident in their care and because they blew the whistle. The reasons GMB have seen for the dismissal of these staff are frankly ludicrous. Quite frankly, if anybody should be facing disciplinary charges it should be the managers for gross negligence and dereliction of their duties.

The three GMB members who have been dismissed have done nothing wrong. Their number one concern was the safety of a vulnerable resident from sexual abuse yet rather than praise them, Avery has sacked them for reporting a safeguarding issue and looking after the welfare of a resident they are paid to care for and protect.

These staff members had a legal as well as moral duty to report what happened. If not they could have been dismissed for negligence and prosecuted by the police.

GMB has lodged appeals against the dismissals of the ‘Avery Three’ and is seeking expert legal advice. GMB is writing to the CQC to ask what action it is taking following the alleged incident to ensure residents at Lucas Court and other care homes run by Avery are safe and how it proposes to ensure whistle blowers are protected.”


Contact: Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Organiser on 07966 327970 or Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer on 07710 631 351 or GMB Press Office: 020 7391 6755 or 07974 251823.

Notes to Editors:

List of Avery Care Homes

Adelaide, 35 West Street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4BE

Amarna House, Rosetta Way, Boroughbridge Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 5RN

Birchwood Grange, 117 Preston Hill, Harrow, Greater London, HA3 9SN

Bowood Court, Hewell Road, Batchley, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6AT

Bowood Mews, Hewell Road, Batchley, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6AT

Clayton Manor, Rood Hill, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1YZ

Elvy Court, 200 London Road, Northwich, Kent, ME10 1QA

Glenmoor House, 25 Rockingham Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1AD

Lavender Lodge, Bruntile Close, Reading Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6PR

Lucas Court, Northampton Lane North, Moulton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 7RQ

Merlin Court, Marlborough Court, The Common, Hyde Lane, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1JR

Oban House, 46 Bramley Hill, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6NS

Priory Court, Priory Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2EU

Rowan Court, Silverdale Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2TA

St Georges Park, School Street, St George's, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9LL


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