Disabled woman ‘left to die’ after council cut all 18 of her care services
A terminally ill disabled woman died days after her care services were cut by her local council, a disability rights campaigner claims.
An urgent investigation has been launched by Portsmouth City Council into the death of 64-year-old Anne Savidge after 18 care agencies contracted to look after her were cancelled days before Christmas.
Anne Savidge, 64, was reportedly abandoned by 18 agencies contracted by Portsmouth City Council to look after her.
Her care was axed on December 10 last year amid claims she had been verbally abusive to staff.
Six days later she was rushed from her home at Brandon Court, in Lawrence Road, Southsea, to Queen Alexandra Hospital where she died on December 21.
Geoff Holt, a disabilities campaigner and friend of Ms Savidge, told Portsmouth News: “Myra Hindley had care before she died and she murdered children. Yet this little old lady didn’t. That’s disgraceful.
“This little old lady, who was scared and terminally-ill, was banned or barred by 18 different care agencies – 18. That beggars belief.”
Ms Savidge, a former midwife, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in October and told she had less than a year to live.
Mr Holt spoke to a shocked council meeting last week, explaining how he had written to Solent NHS Trust, the council and Stephen Morgan MP to warn them that his friend’s life was in danger.
He told shocked councillors and the public that he couldn’t believe the council had no ‘plan B’ to provide care for the 64-year-old.
He said: “Anne sat there, mostly in her wheelchair, for five days, in pain, her bladder tumour now oozing blood on her clothes, no food, frightened to drink because she would wet herself and not even having her hands and face washed.’
He added: “I am in no doubt whatsoever Anne’s lack of care over that period was to blame (for her death).”
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said the council would investigate Mr Holt’s claims.
She said: “The first I have heard about this terrible, horrific incident of this lady’s passing was just then in those comments by Mr Holt.
“I think it is right and proper the council does carry out an investigation and that we do look into the circumstances to find out exactly what has happened.
“Without wanting to apportion any blame I take what you have said at face value.
“It is right and proper that we do look into this to assure ourselves and this administration, that our social care, could have done everything that they should have done.”
Portsmouth City Council have been contacted for a response.
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Source : http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/18/disabled-woman-left-die-council-cut-18-care-services-7322427/
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