Care home fined for unsafe care

A £50,000 fine has been slapped on a Shrewsbury care home and its former manager for failing to providing safe care.

Coverage Care Service Limited was fined £50,000 and former manager Alison Gough was fined £685 in a prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission at Telford Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecution was brought following the investigation of the death of Dennis Wootton at the Coton Hill House care home in 2011.

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The investigation found a number of errors and omissions in the administration of Mr Wootton’s anti-coagulent medication following his discharge from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

A coroner’s report found Mr Wootton died from an artery blockage and deep vein thrombosis.

Deb Holland, head of adult social care inspection for CQC in the Central region, said: “While we welcome the fact that both the provider and manager accepted responsibility in this case, we would always rather not be in the position of having to take action because vulnerable people have been failed by those providing their care.

“We appreciate how distressing this has been for Mr Wootton’s family and, like them, hope this case prompts other care home operators and managers to review their medicine management systems to better ensure people’s safety.”

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