Report from the Daily Express.
Health care provider Bupa was fined £3million after a pensioner died at a care home. Kenneth Ibbetson, 86, died after contracting Legionnaire’s disease at Hutton Village Care Home in Brentwood, Essex, in June 2015.
Bupa Care Homes BNH admitted health and safety failings at Ipswich Crown Court.
Judge Emma Peters blasted the care company for its “significant and serious” failings which meant that Legionnaire’s concerns raised in 2012 were not acted upon for three years.
Bupa was also ordered to pay costs of £151,482.
Joan Elliott, managing director for Bupa Care Services, said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Ibbetson’s family and friends, and we are deeply sorry.
“This was an isolated incident, there haven’t been any cases of legionnaires disease in our care homes.
“Since the incident we’ve installed automated systems to review, report, and measure compliance activity.
“Amongst other things, this helps ensure colleagues remain up to date on relevant training, and complete necessary actions.”