Neglect contributed to deaths at scandal-hit nursing home, coroner rules

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Neglect contributed to the deaths of five residents at a scandal-hit care home in south Wales, a coroner has ruled, as he hit out at its owner for prioritising “making money” over care for the elderly.

Assistant Gwent coroner Geraint Williams made the ruling at an inquest in Newport on Tuesday after listening to six weeks of evidence into the deaths of residents at the Brithdir Nursing Home in Tredegar, Caerphilly.

June Hamer, 71, Stanley Bradford, 76, Edith Evans, 85, Evelyn Jones, 87, and William Hickman, 71, died at the home between 2003 and 2005. Mr Williams recorded narrative conclusions for all five. A sixth resident, Stanley James, 89, had died from natural causes, Mr Williams ruled.

The inquest heard how each of the deceased suffered dehydration, malnourishment, and pressure sores on their bodies with rotting flesh described as smelling like a “dead cat”.

In a lengthy summing up, Mr Williams gave a withering summary of a catalogue of failings – accusing managers of “dehumanising” and “warehousing” the elderly.

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