An inquest has begun into the deaths of six residents at a care home in South Wales.
The inquest, which is being held in Newport, concerns the deaths between 2003 and 2005 of six residents at Brithdir nursing home in Caerphilly who suffered alleged neglect, including dehydration, malnourishment and pressure sores, The Guardian reported.
The home was owned and operated by Dr Prana Das who died last year after suffering a brain injury during a burglary at his home.
A police investigation included evidence “suggesting poor care of residents, including allegations of poor pressure sore and peg (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) feed management, malnourishment, and general neglect of the residents’ long-term needs, together with deficient standards of care and nursing practice”.
Assistant coroner for Gwent, Geraint Williams, said Dr Das had been evasive and difficult during the investigation before his death.
“When they raised unacceptable poor care for the residents he was of the view he was being victimised and became unreasonable,” he said.
“Brithdir was not in isolation. Some residents were placed by Caerphilly county borough council and the local health board.”
The inquest is due to last until March with the hearing into the death of a seventh resident to be held at a later date.