Inquest hears nursing home resident died ‘dehydrated and malnourished’

Inquest: Dorothea Hale.

This not only raises questions about social care in the UK, but also about the deaths of others for whom the authorities have a duty of care.

Dorothea Hale, it is alleged, suffered neglect at a Welsh nursing home where she had been admitted after suffering two strokes that left her entirely paralysed down one side of her body.

In a stay of around four months, she developed dehydration, malnourishment and pressure sores before being transferred to hospital due to fast-declining health, where she died, aged 75.

The inquest is ongoing so we have yet to hear the coroner’s verdict on the cause of her death.

It featured in Operation Jasmine, a police investigation into the neglect of elderly residents at several care homes in south Wales.

That inquiry lasted nearly a decade and cost £11.6 million, with detectives examining 63 deaths potentially caused or abetted by inadequate healthcare treatment.

The suggestion of failures in social care indicate that reform is desperately needed – and has indeed been promised by successive Tory governments for many years, although we have yet to hear a single policy proposal.

Here’s my question:

If 63 deaths in social care can lead to a lengthy – and costly – inquiry, why do 150 deaths in the benefit system not merit the same treatment?

Source: Welsh nursing home resident ‘died after becoming dehydrated and malnourished’ | The Independent

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  1. truthaholics May 18, 2021 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Q: “If 63 deaths in social care can lead to a lengthy – and costly – inquiry, why do 150 deaths in the benefit system not merit the same treatment?”
    A: Because the foxes are running the henhouse.
    The social security benefit system simply costs the taxpayer BUT since the PRIVATISATION of social care, ministers and judges alike turn a blind eye to the increasing COMMODIFICATION of the vulnerable (children, the sick and elderly) for corporate profit – and, often ministers and judges are stakeholders in the very private enterprises profiting from this – all, at TAXPAYERS EXPENSE!

  2. Grey Swans May 18, 2021 at 1:38 am - Reply

    This maybe wanton neglect, but it might also, under a doctor’s instruction called a DNR, be the Liverpool Care Pathway, where the carers / nurses actively deny food and water to patients.

    • disabledgrandad May 18, 2021 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      WTF No one should EVER die of dehydration and malnutrition in a F’ing care home no matter how badly run!

      My mother died after the oh so nice Liverpool care pathway had its evil way with her cancer treatment and Dehydration I believe killed her in the end. It’s a nasty way to go and in this day and age.

      There is NO EXCUSE why it should ever happen it’s neglect plain and simple!

  3. Jeffrey Davies May 18, 2021 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Since this trade in human body’s we seen
    More and more taking up this mantle but
    We are not cash cows has some treat us OAP
    Council run were the best has they had a duty of
    Care but now we have those who will cut corners
    It’s our children who should diligently look
    At were they place us if possible

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