The Care Inspectorate today welcomed the decision from the registered provider of Clachnaharry Care Home to drop its appeal at Inverness Sheriff Court against its enforced closure.  RDS Healthcare withdrew an appeal against closure required by Scotland's care watchdog.

 The home had failed to make improvements required after an unannounced inspection, and was served with a closure notice in November 2013 under Section 64 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act. 

The provider lodged an appeal against the closure at Inverness Sheriff Court but yesterday withdrew the appeal, where the case was dismissed. 

Dr Robert Peat, Director of Inspection, said: 

"We are pleased that the provider has withdrawn this appeal at an early stage and that the home will remain closed. The majority of care homes in Scotland perform well, but we do not hesitate to act where necessary. Every person has the right to safe, compassionate and high-quality care which reflects their needs and promotes their rights."