17/07/2008

Staff Member Suspended As Care Home Abuse Probed

A member of staff at a County Derry care home has been suspended over the alleged abuse of a resident.

The PSNI have confirmed that they will investigate the claim at Longfield Care Centre in Eglinton, after the alleged abuse was brought to their attention on 7 July.

Southern Cross Healthcare, who runs the care home, has said the allegation was acted on "immediately".

"The health and safety of our residents is paramount," it said. "This is now in the hands of the police and we will fully co-operate with them."

Longfield is a purposely-built centre that cares for the elderly as well as young, physically disabled people.

(NS/JM)

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