Fears over possible new owner of Bonnyton House Care Home

Bonnyton House Care Home deal collapses.
Bonnyton House Care Home deal collapses.

Concerns have been raised over the proposed new owners of Bonnyton House care home in Busby.

East Renfrewshire Council said one of the parties, Mrs Sharda Poddar, had “shown a track record of providing quality care”.

But the Extra has been told that in July 2007 Mrs Poddar owned and ran Parkhouse Manor Care Home in Barrhead which, following an unannounced inspection by the Care Commission, was given six weeks to clean up its act or face closure.

In a letter the Commission stated: “The provider must ensure that the nutrition, hydration and tissue viability needs of service users are accurately assessed.”

Mrs Poddar resigned from her directorship of Parkhouse Manor on September 16, 2011.

Last year her Westbank Care Home in Troon was rocked by an abuse scandal when police arrested the chef, James Riley, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting six women. This led to the home manager being removed from her post.

However, an East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership spokesperson said that the situation at Parkhouse Manor had been considered prior to the decision being made to approve Mrs Poddar taking over at Bonnyton.

He pointed out that, following five further monitoring visits by the commission, Parkhouse was given a clean bill of health.

The spokesperson added: “The briefing also updated councillors about the matter at Westbank Care Home.

“As soon as that situation came to light appropriate
action was taken, including removing the manager from her post.

“Mrs Poddar has now employed a qualified nurse with many years’ experience across all care sectors as an operational manager to oversee all of her care homes, which will strengthen management oversight.”

At the time of going to press The Extra had been unable to contact Mrs Poddar for a comment.