BOSSES at a Cumbrae care home have denied damaging claims that a resident was held down and given a coronavirus vaccination against her will.

Millport Care Centre, which looks after adults with physical and learning disabilities, has also come under fire after receiving a recent poor report from the Care Inspectorate.

An insider at the care home claimed that three staff members pinned down a female resident while a nurse gave her a covid-19 jab through her clothes.

Sanctuary Care, which owns the home on the island, says its staff 'acted in the correct manner' - and denies any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson told the News: "We strongly refute the allegations made and are confident that our staff appropriately supported an NHS nurse while they administered a second dose of a Covid vaccine to a resident at the home.”

The Care Inspectorate visited the home unannounced on March 24 and 26, and were concerned enough to issue an improvement notice.

The watchdog told the News it has 'significant concerns' about practices that could put people's safety at risk

The report, which has been seen by the News, said: “We identified significant concerns about the care people received and issued an improvement notice on April 2.

"This related to the management of stress or distress and incidents that were not reported -appropriately, including concern about staff conduct.”

The report added: “While some staff were skilled and engaged well with people, others were not always responsive to individuals’ needs. Management oversight of staff practice was poor. We identified risks to people that were not appropriately managed.

“We identified significant weaknesses in the performance of this service that compromised or had the potential to compromise people’s safety and outcomes.”

The home was rated as ‘weak’ in relation to people’s health and wellbeing, staffing arrangements, and infection prevention and control practices.

A spokesperson for Sanctuary Care said they are responding and reacting to the recommendations.

They added: “We are working to make the improvements required in the home, based on the findings of the recent Care Inspectorate report.

“Following a follow-up visit last week, the Care Inspectorate has already confirmed the most immediate requirements have been achieved and we can reassure the families of our residents that we are committed to providing their loved ones with the high quality care they deserve.”

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate added: “We continue to monitor the service and we are liaising closely with the local health and social care partnership."