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Daughter calls for answers over Idle mother's death
A daughter is calling for an explanation as to how disposable gloves were found in her dead mother’s stomach.
Chris Doherty said she felt cheated after Bradford Coroner Peter Straker said 82-year-old dementia patient Joan Wright died from natural causes.
Even though it was cardiac failure from heart disease that killed the long-term resident at Ashville Care Home in Idle in July, Mrs Doherty said more questions should have been asked by the coroner about the blue and yellow gloves found in a post mortem.
She said: “I feel cheated. It’s not natural to find gloves in someone’s body. Even though it did not contribute to her death directly, it’s made it a lot harder for us. We need to find out how this happened. Questions have to be asked.
“The coroner’s court would have been the place for those issues to be raised but I feel he just brushed over it.”
Mr Straker did not want to comment on Mrs Doherty’s reaction to his verdict.
The inquest was told how Mrs Wright, who had vascular dementia, had a habit of wandering about the home in Sandmoor Garth and would eat anything in sight before becoming bed-bound and dependent on carers in 2010.
A statement from the home’s manager Wendy Selby, read out in court, said Mrs Wright would not have had access to any gloves since she took over two years ago. She said blue gloves were used downstairs by the chefs and staff were trained to dispose of gloves in bins while pairs were only kept in residents’ rooms if they were immobile.
Mr Straker said the gloves were only mentioned by Mrs Selby because a pair had been identified in Mrs Wright's stomach contents – the post mortem said the disposable gloves had been present for some time.
The examination established that Mrs Wright, who had been to hospital twice before her final admission in July this year, once with a suspected viral infection and then a suspected broken ankle, had died from congestive cardiac failure, a natural cause.
Mrs Wright’s family, who claim the home never told them about her eating habit, now plan to inform the Care Quality Commission over their concerns relating to Ashville.
A spokesman for the CQC said: “CQC carried out an unannounced inspection at Ashville Care Home on 28 May 2012 in response to concerns received regarding standards of care. As a result of that inspection we set three compliance actions requesting improvements in relation to care and welfare of service users, cleanliness and infection control and safety and suitability of premises. CQC Inspectors re-visited the home on September 6, 2012 to check on progress and the report from this inspection is being written.”