Asons Comment on Care Home Death Leading to 11 Arrests under Suspected Manslaughter

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According to a news report released by The Guardian, five men and six women have allegedly been arrested over the suspicious circumstances in which an elderly lady died after being transferred from a care home in Nottingham (1).

We have seen many cases of nursing home neglect at Asons, but the report released by the CQC regarding Autumn Garage was a terrible occurrence as it affected so many residents in a number of ways

As reported in The Guardian, Ivy Atkin died in November of last year, following the closure of Autumn Garage residential home located in Sherwood Rise, Nottingham (1). The care home in question is now under investigation for breaches in levels of care and suspected poor nursing home care. Eleven people have now allegedly been arrested in connection of the death of the 86 year old (1).

Commenting on the incident, Suzanne Yates, executive as Asons Medical Negligence Solicitors said:

“At Asons Solicitors, we often see circumstances where an injury could have been avoided in care homes, it is important that lessons are learnt from tragedies such as these. I have personally read the CQC report and some of incidents that have been documented, I find quite disturbing.”

The care home was forced to close in 2012 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a series of concerning inspections that highlighted serious concerns around the health and safety of the residents, including incidents of care home neglect and the cleanliness of the home (2). Although the cause of Ms Atkin’s death is yet to be revealed, it is reported by The Guardian that she died very shortly after being moved into a new care home (2).

As stated in The Guardian, Nottingham city council's director of adult social services, Candida Brudenell, commented on the incident and suspicions around the home saying:

"Last year, when the owners of Autumn Grange informed us at short notice and in breach of their contract with us that they intended to close the home, we acted swiftly to move all residents to alternative homes. Sadly one resident later died, and I extend my sympathy to her family.

"We have since been conducting a safeguarding investigation into issues at the home, in conjunction with the police and the Care Quality Commission and will continue to help the police with their investigation into the death of a former resident."(1)

Continuing to comment on the failings of Autumn Garage, Suzanne Yates said:

“We have seen many cases of nursing home neglect at Asons, but the report released by the CQC regarding Autumn Garage was a terrible occurrence as it affected so many residents in a number of ways. My best wishes are with her family”

Anyone who wishes to find out more information on Care home claims or may have been affected by nursing home negligence, can contact Asons on 01204 521 133, or visit http://www.asons.co.uk.

(1)    The Guardian, Care home death: 11 arrested over suspected manslaughter of Ivy Atkin, 13/08/2013
theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/13/care-home-death-11-arrested-ivy-atkin
(2)    Care Quality Commission, Autumn Grange Residential Home
cqc.org.uk/directory/1-126202251
(3)    Care Quality Commission, Autumn Grange Residential Home
        cqc.org.uk/statement/05/278826

About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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