Coroner: ‘Should doctors own care homes?’

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

The Midlands Coroner who decided not to hold inquests into 13 deaths at the former Maypole nursing home has recommended that other lines of inquiry should be followed, including whether doctors should be allowed to hold financial interests in care homes. Birmingham coroner Aidan Cotter said there was insufficient evidence to warrant inquests into the deaths of 13 residents of the Maypole nursing home in King’s Heath, Birmingham in 2002. However in giving his decision he did add: “There are other matters which could usefully be considered, such as whether doctors should be allowed to have a financial interest in nursing homes or residential homes, and the very late stage at which some patients are being transferred from hospitals to nursing homes, but these are not matters for an inquest to determine.” The deaths have already been investigated by West Midlands Police and considered by the Crown Prosecution Service. They were satisfied that there was no evidence of any crime having been committed. An investigat

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