Muslim nursing staff in Bradford stopped elderly residents from having bacon: report

Staff members refused to help residents buy or cook pork, saying it was against their cultural beliefs

News Desk March 17, 2016
Wagtail Close in Bradford, UK. PHOTO COURTESY: ROSS PARRY

Muslim care home staff in Bradford, West Yorkshire stopped elderly residents from consuming bacon sandwiches for breakfast, a report has confirmed.

A care service run by the council has been directed to improve after some of its staff members refused to help a resident purchase or cook ham, sausages and pork pies and stopped them from having bacon sandwiches for breakfast as it was against their cultural [and religious] beliefs.

A report by inspectors who paid an unannounced visit to Wagtail Close in Buttershaw area revealed some of the staff refrained people from choosing food according to their personal preferences.

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"This meant the staff were not providing support that was responsive to the person's preferences and were restricting the person's right to choice. The person said they had raised their concern with senior staff members but to no avail," said the report.

The service Wagtail Close provides respite care and is home to people with physical disabilities, sensory loss, brain injury or learning disabilities.

Reports suggested the service was only providing respite care to one person with 24 people living in its homes, when the inspectors arrived.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors found lacking in staff training and there was no set log of past accidents, which would help keep check for any themes or trends.

However, people supporting the service and those admitted said staff members were quite active and were always available if needed.

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A Bradford Council Adult and Community Services spokesperson said, "There has recently been a change in the registered management arrangements at Wagtail.

"All Wagtail Close care staff have been reminded that their own lifestyles and cultural preferences should never influence the person-centred support they provide to service users."

The article originally appeared on The Telegraph


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