About two months ago the Express contacted us. At the time they were planning to do a piece on abuse in the care profession and they were keen to absorb Andy Frankish and his mother into the story.
Why? Because that’s precisely the sort of work she has done for years and up until at least April when she is said to have gone on to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). And also because earlier in the year AF had made mention of him working with the elderly and disabled on his internet gaming profile.
As we have said before, he has done virtually no paid employment since leaving school and none in the past three years. This is irrelevant. I would be willing to lay odds that there were times she would do home visits and take one or both of them. AF is a liar and yet as with all liars there is usually a grain of truth to the lie. I am convinced that when AF made reference to working with the disabled and elderly that this may not have been outright fiction. I am convinced that there were times when (for whatever motives) she would take him on client visits.
At the very least there are grounds for investigation in my opinion. So let’s investigate. Let’s pressure the NHS and the agency she was affiliated to into a proper and full investigation.
Where to begin? Let’s begin with Nestor Primecare Services Limited. They appear to have been her employer for at least part of her time in the profession.
Tel – 0800 5423403
Address: Allied Healthcare, Beaconsfield Court, Beaconsfield Road, Hatfield, AL10 8HU.
Their past doesn’t seem very shiny..
Failing home-care providers have been warned by a Government Minister they must ‘shape up or shut down’ after it was revealed that nearly a third of agencies are failing to meet basic quality standards.
Thousands of elderly and vulnerable patients are being ‘neglected’ because of missed visits, given the wrong medication or left at risk of injury, indicating ‘a desperate, growing crisis in care’.
In other cases, proper background checks on staff are not being carried out.
More than 500,000 Britons, including those who are council-funded or pay privately, rely on help at home with activities ranging from washing to getting into bed.
However, cash-strapped councils are pressuring agencies to cut the duration of visits, services are grossly underfunded, some care staff are employed on less than the minimum wage, and the support provided in care packages has been cut back.
Jessie King, 90, who suffered dementia, had to have skin-graft surgery for a 7in burn because carers failed to notice that her back was against a burning radiator after a fall. It was not until four hours later when her daughter arrived at the house that the injury was discovered. It was so severe that she had to spend more than a month in hospital and was never able to return to her own home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, before she died.
Nestor Primecare Services, who were involved in Mrs King’s care, have reached a settlement with her family but have denied any liability for her injuries. Of the 2012 incident, Mrs King’s daughter Jean Perkins, 65, said: ‘Mum’s injuries were absolutely horrendous. You could see the actual radiator marks on her back.
‘The carers knew Mum had Alzheimer’s and should have made sure she was OK – instead they tried to blame the staff who had been the night before. The company has never said sorry.’
Through her mother, Keeley Grotz, of Barmston, Washington, she claims the nurse gave her “negligent medical advice” over the phone.
Ms Grotz says she was told to get Chantelle some Calpol and “ring back if you’re worried or concerned” after she rang the service soon after midnight, detailing her daughter’s symptoms of vomiting, sleepiness, constant crying and “burning up”.
The family’s barrister, Lisa Sullivan, claimed that the reported symptoms should have prompted the duty nurse to call out a GP or an ambulance, and that this would have secured Chantelle the emergency attention she so desperately needed.
Payout for girl who had feet amputated after nurse prescribed Calpol for meningitis
A SCHOOLGIRL who was prescribed Calpol by a nurse when she was suffering from life-threatening meningitis, has triumphed in her fight for compensation.
Chantelle Pringle, from Washington, was just two when she had to have her feet amputated after her delayed admission to hospital led to the onset of gangrene.
Nestor Primecare admitted the nurse had been negligent in failing to arrange for a doctor to call at the family home.
However, the company disputed claims that the nurse should have called for an ambulance immediately, also claiming that, even if he had, that would have made no difference to the tragic outcome.
The judge said that, had the nurse correctly noted Chantelle’s symptoms – in particular her lethargy – Nestor Prime Care’s computer system would have prompted him to call for an ambulance straight away.
Had Chantelle been admitted to hospital earlier, she would have been given antibiotics and the double amputation would probably not have been necessary, he ruled.
Don’t you think it’s well past time that the NHS and perhaps even the police investigated the possibility that the mother was in the habit of taking at least one of them with her on client visits? I do. Who knows what evil and crime that might reveal.
Nestor themselves don’t fill me with confidence. However there is NO DOUBT AT ALL in my mind that this must be investigated. What sort of woman do you think the mother is? Is she someone whose judgment you’d trust caring for an elderly relative? I don’t think we can afford to let this pass by – we surely owe it to the families of her clients to pressure for an investigation and for questions to be asked. Not when you have all seen the bio in which he claims to working with the elderly and disabled.
For all we know there are times when his mother possibly left him in charge as she went off to do her own thing. If you believe there is even a 1 in a 100 chance then you have a duty as a person to demand this possibility be looked into.
Failure to do so could be failure to expose this: