The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has begun an official hearing into an allegedly negligent nursing home in Wales. Brithdir Nursing Home, situated in New Tredegar, Caerphilly, has been investigated by the police, and now the NMC hearing is exploring the conduct of six nurses who worked at the home between 2004 and 2006.
The case involves nine residents who were cared for at the home at the time. The nurses involved in the hearing stand accused of professional misconduct. Furthermore, one of them has already admitted that she had an impaired fitness to practise nursing.
Brithdir Nursing Home was one of a number of nursing homes that were the focus of Operation Jasmine, a police enquiry that invested £11.6 million into investigating allegedly poor care in the homes concerned. Some of the nurses have admitted some of the charges that have been laid against them, while one has denied all charges. The case is continuing and may last for some time, given the number of charges involved and the number of nurses the charges are levelled against. It is hoped the right outcome will be reached following the initial search of the nursing home, which was not advertised to those working there ahead of time.
How safe are nursing homes?
It should be noted that most nursing homes give only the very best in care, far exceeding what would be expected of them. They have a duty of care towards their clients and their families, and they are run to the very highest of standards. It is important however that if negligence is suspected, it is investigated quickly so the facts can be determined and the situation improved for the future. This holds true for all nursing homes across the country, whether they are privately run or managed by the local council.
Do you need the help of Accident Advice Helpline?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, there are plenty of reasons to call us when you need advice about a potential compensation claim. If you or a relative have received poor treatment at a negligent nursing home, it is imperative that you get legal advice as quickly as possible. You have three years in which to make a ‘no win, no fee*’ claim according to the law, and we may be able to help with this. Call us today on our free 24/7 enquiry line to find out more; 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown