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Trusts admit failure of care

30th March 2006

The ambulance service and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust have pleaded guilty to charges over the death of a 93-year-old woman dropped off at the wrong house after attending a day unit at Barry Hospital.

Mary Purnell, who had dementia, fell after being left on her own at the wrong house in Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, by an ambulance crew. In her effort to escape, Mrs Purnell broke a leg and died five weeks later in hospital from bronchial pneumonia and leukaemia.  The Prosecutor determined that the failure of the duty of care exposed Mrs Purnell to serious injury and contributed to her death .

The two trusts admitted failure to discharge duty of care by exposing patients to serious risk of injury. The trusts later said they had reviewed their practices and apologised unreservedly to Mrs Purnell's family.

 

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