Pharmacy fined £275.000 after “careless” storage of patient data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a London-based pharmacy £275,000 for failing to ensure the security of special category data Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd, which supplies medicines to customers and care homes,   left approximately 500,000 documents in unlocked containers at the back of its premises in Edgware.
The documents included names, addresses, dates of birth, NHS numbers, medical information and prescriptions belonging to an unknown number of people  More


Nursing home fined £12,000 for safety breach

Nursing home fined £12,000 for safety breach which led to resident’s death.

A Co Down Northern Ireland, Slieve Dhu Nursing Home  nursing home that admitted a health and safety breach, which led to an 82-year-old   resident’s death, has been fined £12,000.

On 22 June, however, the resident was at the toilet but she had been left alone when staff “heard a thump” and found that “she had hit her head very badly and had a head wound”, said the lawyer. Taken to hospital, the resident passed away four weeks after the fall after suffering a bleed to her brain. She was also suffering from  pneumonia.  More


RMBI failing to provide safe care at nursing home.

The RMBI has been ordered to pay £50,000 plus legal costs, following an incident at a care home in which a person sustained serious injuries.

The care provider – which runs Cornwallis Court, Bury St Edmunds – was fined at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court (10January 2020), having pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to a resident of the home.
Cornwallis Court is a nursing home accommodating older people, including people living with dementia.

The prosecution was brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  More


Home care owner fined nearly £9,000 for failing to register with CQC.

Home care owner fined nearly £9,000 for failing to register with CQC.
Florica Jordan, who ran Cheshunt Care based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire was fined £1,250 at Luton Magistrates’ Court, as well as £125 victim surcharge and £7,607.68 costs, after being prosecuted by the CQC.

The court heard that Cheshunt Care operated without appropriate registration, as domiciliary care agencies must be registered with the CQC, so services can be monitored and inspected to ensure they are safe.  Details


CQC prosecutes Bupa care home provider for failing to provide safe care and treatment.

CQC prosecutes Bupa care home provider for failing to provide safe care and treatment.
The CQC brought the prosecution following two serious     incidents at West Ridings Care Home in Wakefield.
At the time of the events the home was operated by Bupa Care Homes (CFHCare) Limited. 
The provider had previously pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court to two separate offences of failing to    provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to two residents.  £123,699.90 in fines and costs

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Hospice Patients unlawfully killed in fire, inquest finds.

St Leonards hospice patients unlawfully killed in fire, inquest finds.

Three cancer patients who died after a fire at a hospice were unlawfully killed, a coroner has concluded.The residents died partly from the effects of the fire at St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards, East Sussex.Forensic pathologist told the inquest in Hastings they would not have died when they did if the fire had not occurred.

The hospice was fined £250,000 after admitting fire safety breaches.

The Court heard staff were ill-trained to deal with such an event, and the main fire exit was locked.
The blaze in July 2015 was started by another resident who died before he could go on trial for arson.



Care home resident fell down set of stairs – fatally injured

An 87-year-old resident at Nazareth House, Hill Head, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, a care home operated by Nazareth Care Charitable Trust, fell down a stairwell. She suffered a fractured skull and subdural haemorrhage, which ultimately resulted in her death.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Nazareth Care Charitable Trust failed to identify and implement adequate measures required to control the risk of care home residents falling down the stairs.

Nazareth Care Charitable Trust of East End Road, East Finchley, London pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £40,000.