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£190,000 fine for care home provider.


A WEST YORKSHIRE care home provider was fined £190,000 for failing to provide safe care.

St Anne's Community Services was prosecuted at Bradford Magistrates' Court following the death of resident, Mr Kevin McNally

Mr McNally, 62, died after a fall at a nursing home in Smithies Moor Lane, Birstall.

He broke his neck in a fall from a shower chair while he was loosely strapped in.

Prosecuting, Jenny Ashworth, told the court that the accident could have been prevented, and that the car home had failed to adequately control the risk of serious injury.

Mr McNally, who had Down's syndrome, epilepsy, dementia and a severe learning disability, had lived in the nursing home since 2012. 

The registered provider, St Anne's Community Services, Leeds, pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to a service user.

Deputy chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Debbie Westhead, said: "St Anne's Community Services failed in its duty to ensure that care and treatment was provided in a safe way, and as a result Kevin McNally died. It is a tragedy which need not have happened."