Unregistered gas fitter fined for dangerous installation of range cooker at care home

A fitter has been fined following a gas leak from a newly fitted range installed in a North Devon residential care home.

The court heard that in December Mark Whitham undertook the installation of the new gas range cooker after damaging the existing gas cooker whilst fitting out  a new kitchen.
Over the next 24 hours staff at the care home experienced problems with the operation of the cooker & contacted their usual Gas Safe Registered engineer.
He found a substantial gas leak from the gas supply connection to the cooker.

An investigation by the HSE found that Mr Whitham was not registered with the Gas Safe Register.
He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for each offence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to undertake 120 hours unpaid work  &costs of £2,000


Imposter care worker who stole £250k from 93-year-old with dementia fails to repay money.

A fraudster care worker who was previously convicted and jailed in 2017 for conning a blind 93-year-old war veteran diagnosed with dementia out of nearly £250,000, is back in jail after failing to repay the money she stole.

Last week, Veronica Robinson was sent to jail for another 426 days by Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to comply with the order to repay £70,000 + with accrued interest.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said: “Veronica Robinson did the unthinkable, cheating an elderly and vulnerable resident out of his life savings and our trading standards team has been determined to see this case through and ensure she repays the money. …

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Nottinghamshire care home fined over attack on resident.

The owners of a care home have been fined £140,000 for failing to protect a resident from an attack.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard the victim suffered a serious head injury in 2017, at Bowbridge Court in Newark, Nottinghamshire, when attacked by another resident who had Alzheimer’s.
The CQC, prosecuting, said concerns prior to the attack had not been addressed.
Owners Ideal Care homes were fined and ordered to pay £14,361 costs.

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Covid: Carer who flouted coronavirus rules struck off.

A care worker who hugged an elderly couple at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has been struck off.
A fitness to praise hearing was told Heidi Dunt, 31, went to the home of the vulnerable adults in May last year.
However, she was not working at the time & Covid restrictions meant she should not have been at the property.
A month later, Anglesey care worker received a suspended sentence for dangerous driving & failed to tell officials about the impending case.

The Social Care Wales panel was told that Dunt had been working at Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor, where there were  several Covid cases at the time of the care visit incident. Read More BBC


Fire and Rescue Service prosecutes UK Fire Consulting Ltd over insufficient fire risk assessment.

Following a hearing conducted at Southampton CC 1 June, the company providing the fire risk assessment for Cranleigh House – namely UK Fire Consulting Ltd (of which Morgan is a director) – was fined £20,000 & to pay costs of £19,952 for the same offence.
Denfords Property Management, the managing agent for the premises, had pleaded guilty at an earlier Magistrates’ Court hearing in relation to its failure to comply with an Enforcement Notice to provide a suitable fire risk assessment. The business was fined £10,000 in addition to £6,000 costs.
The individual manager specifically responsible for the premises was given  conditional discharge &  to pay £1,800 in costs.

In addition to a £2,750 fine and a 3 month prison sentence   suspended for 18 months, Morgan was ordered to pay costs of £19,952.    

Total fines/costs = £80,451.00



Senior judge declines to order Covid vaccination of 86-year-old woman.

The Court of Protection has ruled that an 86-year-old woman with dementia should not be either forcibly given a Covid vaccine or deceived into accepting a jab.
Justice Hayden J was told “kung fu experts” would be required were SS to be vaccinated against her will such was the
likelihood of resistance.
Proceedings were brought under section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
SS lives in a care home, but imagines herself to be living with her parents in the immediate post-war era and has no family other than occasional visits from a cousin.

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NHS Trust fined following failures to manage environmental risks.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUFT) has been fined for failing to manage environmental risks within its mental health inpatient wards. .
Court heard that, between 25 Oct. 2004 & 31 Mar. 2015, the Trust failed to effectively manage recognised risks from potential fixed ligature points in its inpatient wards, resulting in mental health patients being exposed to unacceptable & avoidable risk at a time when they were most vulnerable.
Tragically eleven inpatients died during this time-frame whose deaths involved access to fixed ligature points.
The Trust was fined £1,500,000 & to pay costs of £ 86222.23
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