BUPA fined for breaches linked to bed rail death

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

BUPA Cares Homes has been fined a total of £35,000 after an elderly care home resident died when she became entangled in bed rails. The company pleaded guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety regulations during a hearing before Frome magistrates in Somerset. The court heard that in 2004, at the Clare Hall nursing home in Ston Easton, Somerset, Eleanor Newton, 80, became entrapped in a set of bed rails and died soon after. A post mortem was indeterminate and a direct link between the entrapment and cause of death was not found. However a joint investigation between the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that BUPA’s overall bed rail policy was not properly implemented at Clare Hall. Specifically there was poor risk assessment and awareness of potential risks, inadequate staff training and use of unsuitable rails. After the case HSE inspector Helen Sherwood said the prosecution should send a clear message to all care home owners about the risks as

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