KCC to pay out after Ombudsman rules on care home death

PUBLISHED: 08:57 20 October 2012

Kent County Council has been told to pay £7,500 in compensation after failing to properly investigate how an elderly man at a care home was attacked by a fellow resident, which led to his death in hospital two weeks later.

The Local Government Ombudsman report follows a complaint made by the daughter of the victim, who is not identified.

Although not stating poor management led to his death, in her report Anne Seex said: “I find the actions of the home and the weaknesses in its systems and reviews exposed by the council’s second internal investigation have caused [...] an enduring injustice.”

KCC Cabinet member for adult social care Graham Gibbens said: “We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and always seek to deliver a high standard of service. As a result of the Ombudsman report, the care home has improved its practices. We, as the local authority have taken management action, improved staff training and local safeguarding arrangements and we have learnt lessons from this case and will continue to do so.”

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