Tory council left disabled woman ‘to die’ after axing all 18 of her care services

Anne Savidge died just before Christmas [Image: Anne Savidge].

Mr Holt told Portsmouth-based The News: “Myra Hindley had care before she died and she murdered children. Yet this little old lady didn’t. That’s disgraceful.”

It seems Tory-controlled Portsmouth City Council has a few serious questions to answer.

The allegation that she was verbally abusive to care staff won’t stand up in this situation.

Even if bedbound Ms Savidge was insulting, that is no reason to let a human being die.

A terminally ill disabled woman died days after her care services were cut by her local council, a disability rights campaigner claims.

An urgent investigation has been launched by Portsmouth City Council into the death of 64-year-old Anne Savidge after 18 care agencies contracted to look after her were cancelled days before Christmas.

The severely disabled former midwife was unable to leave her bed to eat, drink, or go to the toilet, but was left to fend for herself at her home in Southsea, Portsmouth.

Her care was axed on December 10 last year amid claims she had been verbally abusive to staff.

Six days later she was rushed to hospital, where she died on December 21.

The revelation was made by disabilities campaigner Geoff Holt, who was a friend of Ms Savidge and has now sparked an urgent investigation by the city council.

Source: Disabled woman ‘left to die’ after council cut all 18 of her care services


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9 thoughts on “Tory council left disabled woman ‘to die’ after axing all 18 of her care services

  1. hugosmum70

    that is disgusting… but so much a sign of the times and something that scares the life out of me. basically..this woman had been a nurse. nurses are taught the correct way of doing things plus what should be done in certain circumstances.if that care is less than it should be or the care workers were slap dash etc i too would be upset and annoyed. we spend our lives trying to do what we should to stay alive but the care we get in old age is barest minimum but in this case not even there. poor woman must have been so scared and its no picnic being bed bound like that.

  2. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7)

    It’s possible that criminal and civil charges could be filed in the death of Anne Savidge after 18 care agencies contracted to look after her were cancelled days before Christmas. An independent inquiry is preferable because Portsmouth City Council might absolve itself of blame.

    1. JohnDee

      I hope that charges are filed, Mr Miller. I hope so, but fear not just yet. ‘Still, we know where to send the subpoenas don’t we? ‘Come the revolution. Thanks for your dedication.

    1. David Seegar

      An inquest should be mandatory in cases like this. On the basis it is manslaughter or murder. and there is a named culprit.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That is a common query. Unless you know different, why not assume that this elderly lady didn’t have a family?

  3. hugosmum70

    case in point from my own experience….. lady that was my neighbour. never married. looked after her ailing parents till they both died. by time she was in her 70’s she knew she wasn’t safe in the home she had bought before her parents died. as it was she had collateral.. the house. she sold the house and went into third part accommodation.. council run block of flats with own warden initially (until she retired and council didn’t replace her with another live in one. only someone who toured 2/3 complexes. sat in the office ringing round each flat to make sure all were ok then off to the next one unless someone didn’t answer.(someone could have needed help in the night but there was no one to hear if they called.). this lady was independent as far as she could be but never went out unless someone took her out . mainly to Drs, hospital appointments etc. then she had a mini stroke. i used to phone her every evening to make sure she was ok. and one such time when she answered she was talking rubbish. not like her at all. i couldn’t understand anything. i immediately thought STROKE and set wheels in motion to get her help/ i lived about 7/8 miles away… no transport of my own and knew by time i got there by taxi could be too late. she was hospitalised for a few weeks then went into a private residential home…she sold her house to pay for it. 2 years ago she had her 90th birthday and passed away 2 weeks after that..
    A lot of older folk dont have that luxury of affording private care which is to be preferred to a lot of council run places .you can at least choose which you go into if you have money. another case… woman lives on her own on just state benefits plus pension. has a couple of kids. that rarely visit. both have their own disabilities.not in a position to do the obvious nursing care that woman appears to have needed, its alright saying where’s her family but in this day and age, people are made to sign on. go on courses look for work 35 hours a week. or get a job and go out to work. even when ill ,disabled,. single mum’s who aren’t qualified for anything much and therefore could only get a job paying so little it would have to go on childcare. for someone else to bring her kid/s up for her. hardly fair that is it? but its how this country is .and if we dont like it all we can do is vote for Labour (no other party) when the time comes and hope our faith in Corbyn is justified.nothing will change as things stand now.

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