Care Homes Briefing 194 – Care Home Prosecution Fines Update

In previous briefings, we have reported on the level of fines following prosecutions by the police, HSE and CQC.  Each prosecutor has its own jurisdiction, although a Memorandum of Understanding between the HSE and CQC means that CQC now take the lead in prosecuting “care” offences.

Recently reported fines include:

  • A Bradford nursing home and its former manager were ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £45,695 for failing to provide safe care and treatment. In this case a pressure sore was allowed to develop into irreversible skin damage which led to a worsening of the resident’s health and ultimately to her death.
  • A care home in Fife was fined £270,000 after a resident died after eating chlorine cleaning tablets. The tablets had been left unattended in an unsealed box, which was said to be part of a failure to implement a safe system.  The patient sustained an injury to his mouth and tongue, and suffered vomiting.  Following this he developed aspiration pneumonia, the complications following which ultimately led to his death.
  • Owners of a Nottinghamshire care home were ordered to pay a fine of £54,000 after a 94 year old man fell and suffered a fractured femur.


Disclaimer

This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.

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