Hampshire care home to pay £167, 670 after failing to provide safe care

Hampshire care home ordered  to pay £167, 670 after failing to provide safe care.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £167,670 at West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court, after a 56-year-old man died from legionella disease while in their care.

Sentinel Health Care Limited, which runs the Fordingbridge Care Home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire pleaded guilty to two charges, firstly failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to resident  while he was at the home

The company has also pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment exposing other service users, to a significant risk of avoidable harm.
Sentinel Health Care Limited was fined £75,000 for each charge and ordered to pay £17,500 prosecution costs, plus a £170 victim surcharge in a prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This is the first time CQC has used its prosecution powers against a provider in a case where a person has contracted Legionella.

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