By Dr Minh Alexander, NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist 14 October 2016
The much criticised Care Quality Commission has tried hard to re-brand itself but the changes are superficial, and the values at its heart remain highly questionable. The CQC remains a defensive organisation, full of self-justification. CQC’s attitude towards its part in the profoundly shocking care home death of Ivy Atkin is a case in point.
Ivy Atkin an 86 year old retired dressmaker suffered a barbaric death on 22 November 2012 after gross neglect at Autumn Grange care home in Nottingham. Her case has been extensively reported. In summary:
“High Court judge Robert Jay said that when Mrs Atkin was found, she was skeletal, severely dehydrated, lying on a bed soaked in urine and had a large open, pressure sore at the base of her back which was contaminated with faeces.”
Although discovered in…
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