June 19 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Marshall
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The niece of an elderly woman who died following neglect in a care home five years ago says she still has ‘‘no peace”, after two nurses were finally found guilty of misconduct.
Irene Clarke has waited five long years for the recognition that staff at Lennox House in Durham Road, Holloway, failed her 83-year-old aunt, Winifred Bone.
Ms Bone, a former dressmaker of Newington Green, who suffered from dementia and diabetes, was admitted to Whittington hospital in a diabetic coma on December 8 2007 – only 10 days after she moved into the home – and died on December 27.
Now a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel has ruled that two nurses failed to care for her properly.
Catherine Igbokwe will be struck off the nursing register and Maria Secuya, who still works at Lennox House, has been given a three-year caution.
Ms Clarke, a retired TV production manager, said: “I wish it had not been such a long struggle to get to this point. I never thought it would take five years.
“There will never be closure. I still have no peace and I don’t think I ever will have. Care UK [which runs Lennox House] has taken that away from me, my sister, my brother and everyone who cared about Win Bone, as she liked to be known.”
Ms Bone began showing serious signs of deterioration two days before she was taken to the Whittington, in Magdala Avenue, Archway, including agitation, “a tendency to lay herself on the floor”, spasms and being unresponsive.
The NMC panel found Ms Igbokwe guilty of taking no action despite the alarming signs.
Maria Secuya, meanwhile, admitted eight charges levelled against her, including attempting to feed Ms Bone orally from a syringe, even though she was struggling to swallow.
The hearings of two other nurses, Sheila Ali and Dahlia Cerna, have been adjourned.
Ms Ali is the subject of a nine-month suspension order.
Ms Clarke added: “Nothing can now change what happened to Win Bone – but we should be able to make sure that it is not repeated. She deserved better care.
“She was a very gentle, kind and caring aunt – you could not have wished for better.”
Frances Gibson, Care UK’s director of nursing, said: “We accept that back in 2007, the care that the home manager and nurses provided to this resident fell short of the high standards that we expect our employees to deliver.
“Today the home is fully compliant with all inspection requirements and run by a very experienced and highly regarded manager.”