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Senior carer struck off for abusing residents at troubled Inverness care home

By Neil MacPhail

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Elmgrove House Care Home.
Elmgrove House Care Home.

AS watchdog body the Care Inspectorate took court action to close Elmgrove House Care Home in the city over concerns about the quality of care, the Courier can reveal a separate body has just struck off a senior carer who worked there for abusing residents.

Mhairi Cameron resigned after an investigation into her conduct began last year and did not attend a hearing earlier this month that resulted in the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) finding 11 allegations against her proved.

Ms Cameron has been ruled to have committed a string of offences against residents in 2017 and 2018 after being reported by a whistle-blower.

These include forcing a tablet into a resident’s mouth and shouting at her that she was a “stupid arrogant woman” and declaring that when another resident, who was receiving palliative care, was found on the floor, she was doing it on purpose.

The panel also found proved that Ms Cameron had refused to take another resident to the toilet and that she sent some residents to their rooms as part of her approach to “discipline”.

It also found that Ms Cameron more than once told a staff member: “One of these days I am going to get reported, but I don’t care.

“Once you are in care, you have a job for life, you’ll always have work.”

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