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Brithdir Nursing Home deaths due to neglect, inquest finds

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An inquest has found that the deaths of five residents at Brithdir Nursing Home in South Wales was the result of neglect.

Assistant Coroner for Gwent, Geraint Williams, ruled the deaths of Stanley Bradford, 76, Evelyn Jones, 87, Edith Evans, 85, June Hamer, 71 and William Hickman, 71, were due to neglect, while Stanley James, 89, was found to have died from natural causes, the Caerphilly Observer reported.

The deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005 with the home closing in 2006.

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The inquest was told that residents were “dehumanised” by staff and the home’s standard of care “was not acceptable”.

Brithdir was owned and operated by Dr Prana Das who died last year after suffering a brain injury during a burglary at his home.

Caerphilly MP Wayne David, who raised concerns about Dr Das’ practices in 2005, said: “What happened at Brithdir was the result of the actions, inactions and failings of a number of individuals and agencies. But it is clear that by far the greatest measure of responsibility must rest with the late Dr Das.

“Along with the chief executive of the company which owned the care home, Dr Das was very well aware of the huge inadequacies and failings of the home and yet did nothing about them.  Indeed, he wilfully obstructed efforts made by the regulatory bodies to bring about improvements at Brithdir.

“Unfortunately, Dr Das was more concerned about his profits from the care home, than the well-being of the residents.”

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