The Rochdale Observer had an article about a criminal investigation following the death of a disabled resident at a Marland nursing home. Fifty-nine year-old Paul Whitehead died suspiciously at Springfield Park Care Home on 30 April. Management at the home have stepped up security measures and stopped accepting new admissions. These steps include the introduction of external senior supervisory management personnel to the establishment, additional layers of security, a dual key arrangement for the administering of medication and all nursing procedures.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "On 30 April police received a report of a sudden death in a Rochdale nursing home. "A 59-year-old man was taken to Rochdale Infirmary where he was pronounced dead on arrival. "An investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding the man’s death is underway."
Three weeks before the death, an inspection report strongly criticised the way residents’ medication was handled. It stated: "Overall we found medicines were poorly handled, which places the health and well-being of people who live in the home at unnecessary risk.