Care home firm fined £1.6m after tragic death of OAP, 91

SYSTEMIC FAILURES: Oaklands care home resident Annie Barritt died of hypothermia.
SYSTEMIC FAILURES: Oaklands care home resident Annie Barritt died of hypothermia.

A Leeds care home firm has been slapped with a £1.6m fine after allowing a 91-year-old resident to freeze to death in what was described as an “accident waiting to happen”.

Annie Barritt was so cold when nurses went into her room that her temperature couldn’t register on a standard thermometer.

A York Crown Court hearing heard heard the dementia sufferer had not been given any hot food or drink as she spent her last day asleep in her room.

The court heard that about a week prior to her death Mrs Barritt had been in hospital following a fall. Her discharge papers stated she needed to be kept warm at Oaklands Country Rest Home near York.

Tragically, Mrs Barritt died after suffering from hypothermia.

Maria Mallaband Care Ltd of Gelderd Road pleaded guilty to a health and safety charge relating to Mrs Barritt’s death at an earlier hearing.

Before slapping the company with a fine of £1.6m and £45,560 in prosecution costs, the Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC said: “The death of this much loved lady I regret to say in the context of this case was an accident waiting to happen.

“It my judgment it is very serious and there were systematic, systemic failures in that care home.”

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