A multi-millionaire Indian supporter of the Liberal Democrats has been denied a peerage after claims of neglect at hospitals and care homes run by his family company.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Sudhir Choudhrie was passed over for a place in the House of Lords after inspection reports by the Care Quality Commission revealed "serious concerns" about the treatment of elderly people and patients at facilities run by his company C&C Alpha Group.
Chelsea-based Mr Choudhrie and his family are reported to have donated more than £640,000 to the Lib Dems.
Peers who are confirmed enjoy numerous privileges and are entitled to tens of thousands of pounds a year in allowances for life.
Mr Choudhrie’s peerage would have prompted a row following recent health scandals, the Telegraph reports.
C&C Alpha Group operates Alpha Hospitals and Alpha Care Homes throughout Britain.
The Telegraph reports that the Care Quality Commission's investigations revealed the company had failed eight of the nine "essential standards" at a care home in Woking where staff had also failed to protect patients from the "risks of receiving care or treatment that was inappropriate or unsafe".
Another company facility in Warwickshire was the subject of a major inquiry in 2008 following the death of an elderly patient after contracting the MRSA virus.
The company was forced to settle out-of-court with the family of the victim who reportedly suffered weeks of "neglect" before her death.
In a statement to The Daily Telegraph, the company said that Mr Choudhrie was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the company although he is believed to be a shareholder.
It is not the first controversy involving Mr Choudhrie.
In 2009, he was accused of receiving kickbacks for arranging an arms deal between the Indian government and an Israeli defence contractor.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS