Care home owners fined £1m over death of resident scalded in bath   


A care home provider has been fined £1m after a 93-year-old woman died after being scalded in a bath.

Aster Healthcare pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter after Frances Norris died after suffering burns at Birdsgrove nursing home in Bracknell in 2015, The Guardian reported.

The home’s then care home manager Elisabeth West was given a nine-month sentence suspended for 18 months and carer Noel Maida, who put Ms Norris in the bath, was sentenced to 16 weeks suspended for 18 months. Both pleaded guilty to failure to discharge a duty.

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The court heard how Mr Maida told a junior carer to add more hot water after Ms Norris complained her bath was cold.

Ms Norris was left in the water for several minutes before Mr Naida noticed it was too hot.

The 93-year-old was taken to hospital and then transferred to a specialist burns unit where she sadly later died.

Aster Healthcare admitted falsifying several documents, including water temperature records, a record of the servicing of the thermostatic mixing valves and a contract of the servicing to be provided to the Care Quality Commission and Health and Safety Executive.

The judge said the company had used “cost cutting” and “fallen short of standards”.

Aster Healthcare was ordered to take out a full-page advertisement in two health and nursing magazines and include details of its conviction on its website for two months.

Birdsgrove nursing home was closed in 2016.

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