I was saddened, but not surprised, to read the findings of a study into the levels of care provided by care homes in the UK, conducted by the Office of National Statistics.
Death Certificates relating to deaths in care homes from 2005 to 2009 revealed that there were 667 victims of dehydration, 157 of malnutrition and 1,928 deaths linked to superbugs.
Some 1,446 died suffering with pressure ulcers, while 4,866 died with septicaemia, or blood poisoning. Another 4,881 had fatal falls.
I have dealt with a number of claims against care homes for deaths arising out of similar circumstances. I could be accused of being cynical but the causes of death listed above make me wonder how many of those deaths were avoidable?
I am handling a case on behalf of the Simper family; yet another tragic ending.
Nisha Sharma is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.