NHS Trust Fined Following Death of Elderly Visitor

A London based NHS Trust was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £3,694 folowing the death of an 88 year old gentleman who was visiting his daughter in hospital. On leaving the hospital premises he fell, fracturing his hip and wrist, and died a month later.

The prosecution was brought by the Heath & Safety Executive. Investigating Inspector Hazel McCallum said "This case is a sad reminder to the NHS of the importance of applying a properly thought out and effective maintenance regime for its properties, to ensure the safety of staff, patients and the visiting public alike."

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