The owner of a nursing home rated as “inadequate” by the social care watchdog says there is “no doubt” it will stay open.

The Care Quality Commission said on Tuesday that Firtree House Nursing Home, in Fir Tree Road, Banstead – owned for 25 years by Salim Jiwa – was still not meeting the standards required when it visited in November.

Concerns had been raised last July about residents’ consent to care and treatment, their care and welfare, safeguarding, the management of medicines, and assessing and monitoring the quality of the service.

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The home was rated inadequate overall as the CQC said it was still failing to provide care which was safe, effective or well-led.

But Mr Jiwa said the latest report was a reflection of the situation at the home five months ago and that he had “turned everything around”.

Adrian Hughes, deputy chief inspector of adult social care south at the CQC, said it was “unacceptable” that concerns had not been addressed at the home.

He said: “The question we have to ask ourselves, is does the provider have the capacity and capability to make the changes, embed them in practice so the improvements are sustained over time?

“If not, then it is incumbent upon us to take action to ensure the people living at Firtree House receive safe, effective and high quality services."

Mr Hughes told the Epsom Guardian in December that the CQC was now taking more robust approach towards failing care homes, to rebuild the public’s shattered confidence in the watchdog’s work.

Inspection ratings have now changed from “compliant or non-compliant” to simpler ratings of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

At Firtree, the problems were to do with medicine record-keeping, people receiving the right medicines at the right time and of the right dose, failure to check whether residents received a good quality of care, maintenance and cleanliness, policies and procedures, and failing to show inspectors that feedback from people had been responded to.

But Mr Jiwa said was confident the home will not be shut down.

He said the CQC had visited the home again this week and said he had been told "great improvements" had been made.

He said all residents had chosen to stay at Firtree, despite being given the option to move to another home by social services.

"There’s no doubt it will remain open because we have made improvements,” he added.

"I have turned everything around in that nursing home.

"I have put all the systems in place, all the quality controls."

The CQC declined to comment on the latest visit. It is due to visit again in April.

Click here to read the full report Firtree CQC report.pdf