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Former employees of shut Pinford End House Nursing Home, near Bury St Edmunds, plead with owner at Chilton Croft Nursing and Dementia Home, in Sudbury, to pay their wages





Former employees of a closed care home who say they have been deprived of months worth of pay have pleaded with its owner today to give them their wages.

Pinford End House Nursing Home, in Hawstead, near Bury St Edmunds, shut on November 15 after being rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Its director Sammy Diwan also runs Chilton Croft Nursing and Dementia Home, in Sudbury, and six of Pinford End’s former employees visited him there today to find out when they would receive their outstanding pay.

Pinford End House Nursing Home, in Hawkstead, near Bury St Edmunds, shut on November 15 after being rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. Picture: Mark Westley
Pinford End House Nursing Home, in Hawkstead, near Bury St Edmunds, shut on November 15 after being rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. Picture: Mark Westley

They told SuffolkNews that more than 30 members of staff haven’t had their wages.

Mr Diwan told the employees the company was insolvent and it was out of his hands, however the Central Index of Winding Up Petitions, part of the High Court of London, confirmed no one had taken the business through the court.

The employees, who wished to remain anonymous, said they did not know what they were going to do, with one nurse saying: “We’re in a desperate situation.

Chilton Croft Nursing and Dementia Home, in Sudbury, where the six former employees of Pinford End visited Sammy Diwan today (November 30). Picture: Ross Waldron
Chilton Croft Nursing and Dementia Home, in Sudbury, where the six former employees of Pinford End visited Sammy Diwan today (November 30). Picture: Ross Waldron

“We don’t know what we’re going to do; this is unbelievable, I’ve never heard anything like it in my life.”

The employee said they have managed to secure a new role, but is on emergency tax and it is affecting their income.

The employees stated that, as a result of not receiving redundancy pay, they have not had a P45, meaning it is difficult for them to find a new job.

A letter sent by Sammy Diwan to the employees of Pinford End regarding its closure. Picture: Ross Waldron
A letter sent by Sammy Diwan to the employees of Pinford End regarding its closure. Picture: Ross Waldron

Another employee said that without a P45 they were unable to secure a new job.

Sammy Diwan ran Pinford End in association with his brother, Nadeem, and in a letter to the employees informed them that the home would close on November 15.

The letter also mentioned the failings the CQC had found in the home, including a lack of records of fluid and food intake for those at risk of weight loss.

Another employee said: “Residents were literally shipped off to various care homes across Suffolk, genuinely heartbroken they have been taken out of their homes, screaming, and crying that they didn’t want to leave their home and the staff they’ve grown to know behind.”

The employee also mentioned that neither of the directors had responded to union communications about how residents and staff were treated, as well as legal communications sent by various staff members over the redundancy time frame given and what was happening with the home.

After the group had conversed with Sammy Diwan, he spoke to SuffolkNews and acknowledged the employees should have been paid today but that the matter was now ‘out of his hands’.

Mr Diwan said: “They were supposed to be paid today, however with the insolvency it is out of my hands.

“There’s a process and my hands are tied as it is all in the insolvency.

“It’s just one of those things; we just need to follow the legal process and litigation practices, that’s all we can do.”

Pinford End Limited, the company that ran the Hawstead nursing home, is currently listed as active on Companies House.

A spokesperson for the Central Index of Winding Up Petitions, part of the Companies Court at the High Court of London, confirmed that Pinford End Limited was not listed as insolvent, and no party had taken the business through the court.