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Yorkshire care provider fined following resident's death.


A YORKSHIRE care home provider has been fined £190,000 for failing in its duty to provide safe care.

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

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

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

Prosecutor, Jenny Ashworth, told the court that the accident could have been avoided, and that the provider had failed to adequately control the risk of serious injury.

Mr McNally, who had conditions including 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, admitted failing to provide safe care and treatment.

Deputy chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission, 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 Kevin McNally died as a result. It is a tragedy which need not have happened."