Care Home Worker Sacked After Patient Death

A care home manager who refused to call an ambulance as one of her patients choked to death has been sacked.

Anne Taylor was in charge of the St Cross Grange residential care home in Winchester, Hampshire, when 94-year-old Ella Davidson started choking.

But instead of calling for an ambulance, she told staff there was no point as the Parkinson's Disease sufferer would "be dead by the time they arrive''.

She only checked the dying woman's pulse and made no attempt to resuscitate her, leaving a staff member to watch her die.

An inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death yesterday.

The hearing in Winchester was told that Mrs Davidson continued to gasp for breath for several minutes. Asked if resuscitation would have saved Mrs Davidson, expert doctor David Sutton said it was possible but unlikely.

Police investigated the death in June last year over concerns that no ambulance had been called but it was decided that there was not enough evidence to prosecute, a spokesman said.

Greensleeves Homes Trust, which runs the home, said in a statement that Mrs Taylor had been dismissed following an internal inquiry.

It said the incident was an "aberration'' and that all staff knew they should call an ambulance, and this had now been reinforced.

"We deeply regret the circumstances of Mrs Davidson's death. Following the conclusion of police inquiries and the decision that no-one was to be charged with an offence, we carried out our own internal investigation and Mrs Taylor was dismissed.''