£3m fine for Bupa tragedy

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH -

HEALTH care provider Bupa was fined £3mil­lion yes­ter­day af­ter a pen­sioner died at a care home.

Ken­neth Ib­bet­son, 86, died af­ter con­tract­ing Le­gion­naire’s dis­ease at Hut­ton Vil­lage Care Home in Brent­wood, Es­sex, in June 2015.

Bupa Care Homes BNH ad­mit­ted health and safety fail­ings at Ip­swich Crown Court.

Judge Emma Peters blasted the care com­pany for its “sig­nif­i­cant and se­ri­ous” fail­ings which meant that Le­gion­naire’s con­cerns raised in 2012 were not acted upon for three years.

Bupa was also or­dered to pay costs of £151,482.

Joan El­liott, manag­ing di­rec­tor for Bupa Care Ser­vices, said: “We are deeply sorry.”

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