12 October 2007
Care home fined £100k
A care home in Oadby has been fined after it admitted breaching health and safety laws following the death of a resident.
Jack Jones, an 83-year-old who suffered from dementia, was found dead in a bath at the home in 2003 after mistakes made by staff.
Prime Life, the company that ran Brockshill Woodlands residential home, was fined £100,000 at the hearing in Leicester Crown Court
The prosecution cited a number of failings made by workers in the run-up to Mr Jones' death, including staff not reading patient risk assessments, thermometers not being available in all the bathrooms and failure to fit appropriate thermostats to limit water temperature.
Additionally, it was claimed that the member of staff looking after Mr Jones had not been adequately trained.
Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council John Boyce said the authority had wanted a fine closer to £250,000.
He commented: "£100,000 is adequate but we would have liked something a little larger," the BBC reports.