Gloucestershire woman dies after fee-driven move from care home

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

|By Geoff Hodgson| Members of the Conservative opposition on Gloucestershire County Council have called for an independent inquiry following the death of an elderly woman five days after she was moved from a nursing home in Gloucester because it had become too expensive. Gloucestershire County Council said it could not provide the funding necessary for Violet Townsend (known as “Cissy”), 88, to remain at Magdalen House, a 29-bed dual-registered home owned and operated by the Gloucester Charities Trust (GCT). Mrs Townsend had lived at Magdalen House for eight years but when the trust increased its fees by £88 per week, the council refused to pay this difference and moved Mrs Townend, even though her GP, Dr Ian Jarvis, had warned that she was not well enough to be transferred. Despite the GP¹s advice, Mrs Townsend was moved to Woolstrop House, operated by Coverage Care (Gloucestershire) Ltd, whose fees were £70 a week less. She died five days later. Mrs Townsend¹s family were away at the time she was moved

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