Cardiff care worker with suspected Covid ‘put vulnerable at risk’.

Cardiff care worker with suspected Covid ‘put       vulnerable at risk’.

A care worker put 22 vulnerable people at risk by carrying out home visits while she was suspected of having Covid-19, a tribunal has heard.

A Care Standards hearing heard the care worker made visits in June after a GP told her to isolate and get a test.

Appealing an 18-month suspension imposed last month, the care worker  said she had “a verbal negative” result before the visits for a Cardiff care company.

In a ruling published this week, Judge Farida Eden dismissed her appeal.  Details

Unlawful death ruling in Barnsley man’s inquest

A MAN whose health condition meant he was only supposed to be given mashed food was ‘unlawfully killed’ when his support worker took him to a pub for a burger, causing him to choke to death.
An inquest, held in Sheffield this week, was told that despite expert guidance making it clear solid foods were a risk to the life of Tony Wilkinson, 57, from Barnsley, support workers provided him with unsuitable meals.
This included being taken for fish and chips at the seaside a week before his death, and then taken for a meal at a Manchester Airport pub for a burger which he choked on.

Stars Social Support, based in Dodworth, had been commissioned by the council to provide care services to Tony since 2014.
Following a choking incident in February 2018, Stars staff were required to provide 24-hour care to Tony.
Coroner Abigail Combes advised the jury they could conclude ‘unlawful killing’ if they considered the case to meet the test for either corporate manslaughter or gross negligence manslaughter. More

Care home fined after resident was injured in fall

A care home for vulnerable adults has been fined after a resident was injured in a fall from height.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how on 29 July 2019, a resident of Hillend View Care Home was found lying on the ground outside his bedroom window by a care assistant. He had fallen 4.5 metres and sustained multiple fractures including a fractured pelvis, right acetabulum and right humeral head.

Hillend View Limited of Airdrie Road, Caldercruix pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 and was fined £21,000.

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Unlawful deprivations of liberty and awards of damages

Unlawful deprivations of liberty and awards of damages

A judge recently upheld the award of damages of £143,000 for the unlawful deprivation of liberty of an incapacitous care home resident.

In the case of Emile, DJ Beckley awarded damages against the
London Borough of Haringey for a period of almost 8 years’ unlawful deprivation of liberty in the sum of £143,000.00.

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Care Home provider failing to provide safe care and treatment

Care Home provider ordered to pay £83,644 after failing to provide safe care and treatment.

A care provider has been ordered to pay £83,644 at Croydon Magistrates’ Court, after a 57-year-old man died after falling out of a window while in their care. St John’s Nursing Home Limited in Hailing Park Road, South Croydon, Surrey, pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment,…

St John’s Nursing Home Limited was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £3,474 prosecution costs, plus a £170 victim surcharge at at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on 3 February in a prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Woman fined for running West Yorkshire care agency illegally

A woman who ran a Morley-based domiciliary care agency has been ordered to pay over £12,000 after she admitted to providing care illegally.

Beverley Bevis was fined £1,500 at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 7 January 2021. She was also ordered to pay £10,380.91 costs and a £170 victim surcharge as a result of the prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Prior to her sentencing, Mrs Bevis pleaded guilty to providing a regulated activity – personal care – in people’s own homes through her company, Five Star Homecare Leeds Ltd, without CQC registration. This is a criminal offence.

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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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