The owners of a “failing” Ryde care home have said that they are “saddened and upset” by the news of its forced closure.

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, Cornelia Heights in Ryde is to shut – with 17 of its residents moved to alternative accommodation.

It comes after a Care Quality Commission inspection earlier this month, which identified “significant concerns”.

Following the watchdog’s visit, the Isle of Wight Council took the decision to terminate its contract with the provider.

The home is owned by Mr Sanjay Prakashsingh Ramdany and Mrs Sandhya Kumari Ramdany.

In a joint statement, the pair said they are disappointed by the council’s decision:

“We are saddened and upset by the decision taken by the Isle of Wight Council to terminate its contract with Cornelia.

“As a result, we will be working with the local authority to move our residents into alternative accommodation as a matter of priority.

“This will be done with respect, care and in full collaboration with our residents and their relatives to ensure that the process takes place in a safe manner.

“This decision comes as result of safeguarding concerns raised by the Compliance Team from the local authority.”

The pair also run Waxham House care home on High Park Road in Ryde, which is currently rated as “good” by the CQC.

They said they thought “significant improvements” had been made at Cornelia:

“We believed that significant improvements had been made when these concerns were raised, and we remained fully committed to address any outstanding issues.

“However, the council opted for more drastic action of terminating its contract with us which makes it unsustainable for us to operate as a care provider.”

“We are very sorry at this sad outcome which has an impact on our residents and our staff – who the CQC noted “…have demonstrated a commitment to wanting to provide people with effective care.  Staff were kind and caring and spoke to people respectfully”.

“This is a sad day for Cornelia Heights and I thank our caring hardworking staff for all their efforts at this difficult time.”