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Summerhaven home for the physically challenged (File photograph)

Government MP Susan Jackson has been appointed as a receiver to oversee the Summerhaven home for the physically challenged.

The facility has been under the care of the Ministry of Health and Seniors since December 8 after a magistrate approved government intervention at Summerhaven following a litany of complaints over mismanagement.

Yesterday’s announcement from the Registrar General, under section 23 of the Charities Act 2014, means that Ms Jackson will serve as receiver until January 10, 2018.

The legislation is invoked when there is “reasonable evidence of misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of a charity”.

Ms Jackson will supervise the appointment and release of personnel, as well as ensuring adequate staffing and keeping operational policies and safety measures in place.

Her role will also include ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Act and associated regulations, and confirm that adequate financial records are kept.

The latest move came after John Powell, chairman of Summerhaven’s board, was ousted over concerns over his administration.

Complaints from staff and residents at the troubled facility ranged from intimidation and harassment to bullying and the denial of access to transportation.

According to a government spokeswoman, the receiver’s role is distinct from the day-to-day administration of Summerhaven, which is an operational role now filled by the ministry.

“The receiver will work cooperatively with the appointed administrator to bring Summerhaven into compliance with regulations and ensure the residents’ wellbeing,” she added.

Health minister Jeanne Atherden has described the takeover as a temporary measure — noting that the facility is a privately run care home rather than a government facility.

Susan Jackson, One Bermuda Alliance MP (File photograph)