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Autumn Grange Care Home - Negligent care home Director jailed for corporate manslaughter

Please see the CQC inspection report that identified the concerns that led to Yousaf Khan being the first person to be jailed for corporate manslaughter in a care home for your information and CPD.

Ivy Atkin, who suffered from dementia, died after she was found lying in her own urine, dehydrated, malnourished and with an untreated bed sore at Autumn Grange, Nottingham, in 2012. Ms Atkin, was moved to the home after being discharged from hospital and was found to weigh just 3st 5lbs, having lost half her body weight during her 48-day stay. She was rushed to hospital but later died from lower lobe pneumonia and debility, and a lower body mass index. A post-mortem report showed her neglect led directly to her death

Yousef Khan was sentenced to three years and two months after he admitted manslaughter by gross negligence and breaching health and safety regulations in his role as director between September 17 and November 5, 2012. His firm Sherwood Rise Ltd was fined £300,000 for corporate manslaughter - the first case of its kind in England.

The Care Quality Commission and the police were called to investigate in November 2012, after a 19-year-old carer blew the whistle on the care home. The Commission’s report found 'multiple examples of neglectful care' and 28 residents had to be immediately rehoused.

They also found:

  • Service users lying in urine-soaked mattresses
  • Service users had no hot water or incontinence pads and staff had dressed them in other people's clothing.
  • Service users were thirsty and generally in a dirty state
  • No care plans in place
  • In an attempt to cover up their neglect, a meticulous log book of Ivy’s care was fabricated including when she was washed
  • No sheets to change the service users' beds
  • There were times during teatime no tea bags were provided for service users

One care worker, commented that staff were made to cut corners and if the service users were ill when staff wanted to ring the hospital they were told to just give paracetamol because when they are in the hospital the home is not being paid.

Commenting on the case, the Minister for Care Services, Alistair Burt, said it is "absolutely right, that the law should hold care home managers or owners to account if they play a role in allowing abuse and neglect. We changed the law last year so that senior figures can be held criminally responsible for the abuse and neglect of vulnerable people”

Mohammed Rahamatullah Khan, 39, of Zulla Road, Nottingham, admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years. A manslaughter charge against him was dropped. Charges were also dropped against Naseen Kiani, 54, of Whirlow Grange Drive, Sheffield, and Safeena Bibi, 26, of Plantation Side, Nottingham.