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Care home boss admits manslaughter through dehydration & malnutrition

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Care home boss, 47-year-old Yousaf Khan, was sentenced to three years and two months in jail by Nottingham Crown Court after he admitted to manslaughter. Khan, of Nelson Road, Nottingham, was in charge of Autumn Grange care home in Sherwood Rise in 2012, where Ivy Atkin died of dehydration and malnutrition. Social services have called on relatives of care home residents to report any concerns they may have following the death of 86-year-old Ivy.

Head of adult social care at Nottingham City Council, Helen Jones, stated that most of the council’s care homes are of a good quality, however she wants to highlight that people with concerns should report them to the social services departments. It was found that relatives had been airing their concerns to the care homes themselves and were not aware that social services should be involved. She also revealed that council had put its own staff in to Autumn Grange after health professionals raised concerns in October 2012. She said: “When our staff went in, they were absolutely horrified, really upset and distressed at what they came across”.

“life was shortened by the terrible care she received”

Ms Atkin’s family released a statement following the sentencing in which they described her as a “feisty person” who was “alert” before being admitted to the home. They said: “We believe Ivy’s life was shortened by the terrible care she received at Autumn Grange which resulted in her suffering a most undignified end to her life”.

Ms Jones stressed the importance of caring for people to care home workers. She pointed out that the residents should be of primary importance and stated that action would be taken against anyone who failed to provide quality care.

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