Uckfield Care Home Fined – Failure Led To Woman’s Death

A care provider and a former registered manager of one of its homes have been ordered to pay almost £47,000 at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, following an incident which led to a 56-year-old woman’s death.

The CQC, said Ridgewood Care Services Limited, which runs the New Inn in Ridgewood, Uckfield, was fined £40,000 in court 31 July.

The company previously pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to Mary Jane

he New Inn is a care home for people needing nursing or personal care.

It also supports people living with a learning disability.

The court also ordered Ridgewood Care Services to pay a £170 victim surcharge and £5,000 costs as a result of the prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The registered manager at the New Inn at the time of the residents death, was also prosecuted by CQC.
The court ordered her to pay £1,697 – comprising a £634 fine, £63 victim surcharge and £1,000 costs.

The resident had diagnosed swallowing difficulties, known as dysphagia while she was resident at the New Inn. Read more.