Last week calls were made for new laws to make owners and managers of care homes to be criminally accountable as well accountable corporately for neglect and abuse in the homes they are in charge of.

MP Paul Burstow is recommending:

  • Existing legislation be amended to make a corporate body guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed (by its board or senior management) neglects or is a substantial element in the existence and/or possibility of abuse or neglect
  • Offences should be punishable by unlimited fines, remedial orders and publicity orders
  • Those with relevant information about suspected abuse or neglect must supply information to Adult Safeguarding Boards if requested to do so.

The idea behind these proposals is to tighten up the regulation of care homes and to protect the weak and the vulnerable that live in them and depend on the homes for their care and well being.

The Chief Executive of the charity Action on Elder Abuse supports the bill saying that those who employ and direct care workers must also be accountable.

The new Care and Support Bill is to be dated in March 2013.

Victoria Price at Price Slater Gawne comments “Vulnerable adults must be protected from the harm that we have seen in situations like the Winterbourne View home in Bristol and the current reports in Essex. From a business point of view, a legal and a moral point of view, directors and managers have to take responsibility for what happen in their homes. People’s lives are in their hands and their families have put their trust in these homes, often at great expense. Greater penalties and more open reporting could help to reduce the incidents of abuse and neglect. These residents deserve their basic human rights and needs to be met by those who are charged with looking after them.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse in a care home, call us for help on how to pursue a claim for compensation. This money could compensate you for your injuries and maybe help you with private treatment. Ring today if you are thinking about a claim.