Corporate manslaughter: study shows few providers are aware of implications
New legislation that will allow corporate manslaughter charges to be brought against negligent care homes may be just a few weeks away, but many care home managers and owners are completely unaware of the implications of the new law including the potential for unlimited fines.
According to a study conducted by insurance broker Smart & Cook’s specialist care home division Gold Direct, four out of five care home owners/managers do not know when the new Corporate Manslaughter Act (CMAct) was due to take effect, and two out of five had no understanding of the Act itself. Only 8% were aware that fines under the CMAct are unlimited.
In general, care home owners/managers did not rank the introduction of the CMAct as one of their primary concerns; a range of factors including increased parental rights among staff, staff shortages and harassment claims all came higher. But the new Act did appear to be causing anxiety among those most aware of its impact.
In terms of their familiarity with the det