Assessment error may cost council more than £20,000

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

The family of a Nottinghamshire widow assessed for the wrong treatment in a nursing home by social services could receive compensation in excess of £20,000. Annie Reed, then 85, left Nottingham City Hospital for Claremont Lodge nursing home in 1995, where social services, following an assessment, ordered that she needed 24 hour care. A year later a further assessment showed that this care was not fully necessary. Now a report by the Local Government Ombudsman has recommended that Mrs Reed¹s family be offered £24,O00 in compensation ­ £7,000 for the extra care cost and £17,000 in legal costs. Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council ­ which took responsibility for the case in April 1998 ­ have been criticised in the report. Local Government Ombudsman Patricia Thomas criticised the way the assessment of Mrs Reed, who has since died, was carried out. Mrs Reed¹s relatives have confirmed that for a period they were paying £311 a month for her care, which was later reduced to £208 a mon

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