Bupa has been fined for failing to ensure the health and safety of residents at a nursing home in Birmingham. The fine came after a woman was strangled by her wheelchair belt.
A private healthcare company has been fined £150,000 after admitting failing to ensure the health and safety of residents at a Birmingham nursing home where an elderly woman was strangled to death by a wheelchair lap belt.
Brigid O’Callaghan, known as Vera, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was found dead on the morning of October 28, 2005 at Amberley Court Nursing Home in Edgbaston Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The city’s crown court heard that there was “a degree of sloppiness” in standards at the home, run by Bupa Care Homes (BNH) Ltd, at the time of the 74-year-old’s death. Judge Robert Juckes QC said there was “a slippage well below the appropriate standards”, which “made an incident of this kind foreseeable”.
The court heard that Mrs O’Callaghan, a widow who had Alzheimer’s disease, was asphyxiated after slipping from her wheelchair some time after she was taken to her room by care workers on… continue reading
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