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BUPA fined over death

9th September 2006

Bupa Care Homes has been fined £90,000 over the ‘entirely avoidable death’ death of a 95 year old care home resident in 2003.

Charlotte Wood, who was a resident at Abbostleigh Mews Residential and Nursing Home in Kent, died in December 2003.  She had fallen from a hoist as she was lifted from a bath, and contracted pneumonia while waiting for surgery needed as a result of the fall.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the care assistant who was responsible for Mrs Wood had not received training on how to use the hoist, and also concluded that supervision of staff carrying out lifting operations was inadequate.

The regional director for BUPA Care Homes, Oliver Thomas, said the company has strengthened its procedures since the incident took place.

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