Asons Comment on Record Numbers of Care Homes Issued With Warnings over “Illegally Poor Standards”

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As reported by The Telegraph, a record number of care homes across the UK have been issued with official government warnings after inspectors found “Unacceptable” levels of failings in care, leaving vulnerable elderly people at risk (1).

Elderly patients in care homes are some of the most vulnerable in society and it is truly worrying that so many care homes have come under scrutiny for exploiting this

According to the Telegraph news report in question, over 900 warning notices have been distributed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the last 12 months, cautioning care homes that they face risk of closure or prosecution unless urgent action is taken to improve their substandard care (1).

Inspectors have allegedly found evidence of professional negligence including failure to investigate claims of abuse and incidents involving staff falsifying medical records (1). There are also reports of alleged medical negligence with residents being put at risk of serious abuse including being scalded with hot water and being left to live in “filthy” and unheated rooms (1).

The figures that have been given from the CQC claim that the number of official warnings that have been issued have rose dramatically from 600 to 910 in 12 months. As written in The Telegraph, many patient support groups are worried that the CQC report findings may not be giving a true indicator of the extent of care home neglect, indicating their “flawed” system may have let many incidents of suffering go unidentified (1).

Suzanne Yates, executive at medical negligence solicitors, Asons, says:

“It is clear to many people that this standard of care could be deemed as unacceptable. Elderly patients in care homes are some of the most vulnerable in society and it is truly worrying that so many care homes have come under scrutiny for exploiting this. We deal with many cases of nursing home neglect at Asons, offering legal support to those families that have suffered from negligence, but the evidence that suggests this poor care on the rise is worrying and it shows a lack of concern from those people who are meant to be providing the care”.

Commenting further on these reports of alleged neglect, Suzanne Yates said:

“The examples that have been given by the CQC in The Telegraph article come as quite a shock to me. This extent of poor care shouldn’t be happening and certainly isn’t acceptable. There needs to be a dramatic overhaul in the nursing home sector in order to make sure residents are protected from the poor behaviour that has been presented here. More focus and direction needs to be given to carers to ensure this doesn’t keep happening. I truly hope that the families of these victims seek legal help in order to gain recompense for the suffering they have been subjected to”.

Anyone that has been affected been care home neglect may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. To find out more on Care home claims or gain information on how a loved one may have been affected by nursing home negligence, contact Asons on 01204 521 133, or visit http://www.asons.co.uk.

(1)    The Telegraph, Record numbers of care homes warned over illegally poor standards, 19th August 2013,
telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10252991/Record-numbers-of-care-homes-warned-over-illegally-poor-standards.html

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