Hospital firm winds up after court pay-out

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A firm which ran a mental health unit in Blackpool has been wound up by the High Court.

The Regency Hospital Group has been ordered to pay a whistle-blower £130,000 compensation.

The company used to run a unit in Newton Drive and had another branch in Heswall on the Wirral.

The Blackpool branch closed in May and is now called Newton House. It is operated as a 20-bed mental unit by MHC – a company which has no connection with Regency.

The Regency Hospital Group declared liabilities of £633,000 and just £270 cash in hand.

It specialised in providing care for patients with mental health problems and last week was ordered by a judge sitting in Liverpool to pay 50-year-old Anita Carlton £130,000.

She raised concerns about standards of care at the hospital following an incident when a male patient was found with a ligature around his neck.

She complained to patients to the Quality Care Commission (QCC) watchdog and was suspended.

A spokesman for Regency Hospitals said: “There is nothing more I can say about the compensation payment to this lady.”

A 2013 QCC report on the Blackpool branch concluded “the provider did not always act in patients’ best interests”, and “people who used the service, were not always protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises”.