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Authorities ‘ignored’ dying man’s wishes

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was criticised over decisions about the location for a patient's ongoing care.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was criticised over decisions about the location for a patient's ongoing care.

Watchdogs have criticised Derbyshire health and care providers after they revealed how an elderly Eckington patient was prevented from going home to die beside the brother he had lived with all his life.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman launched an investigation into the 77 year-old’s final days in 2009 and probed the failings of Moss Valley Medical Practice, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the former NHS Derbyshire County PCT, Derbyshire County Council and Sheffield City Council.

They concluded the retired miner - who was unable to walk and suffered from diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease - had been deprived of his liberty without a proper account of the law.

PHSO Julie Mellor said: “This tragic case could have been prevented if the proper procedures were followed and a more joined up approach (had been) taken to care.”

She explained delays meant the dying Sheffield man’s wishes to not die in a hospital or care home were ignored and this caused unnecessary distress to his brother who had written to the care home pleading for him to be allowed home.

Carers failed to carry out a mental capacity assessment which amounted to a service failure, according to the LGO and PHSO. LGO Dr Jane Martin has welcomed steps to improve services.

The PHSO and LGO have called on the organisations involved to apologise to the surviving brother and to pay him £200 each.

 

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