Former Hampshire care home boss likened to Hitler is struck off

Daily Echo: St Cross Grange care home in Winchester St Cross Grange care home in Winchester

AN unrepentant care home manager likened to Adolf Hitler by colleagues has been thrown out of nursing for allowing an elderly patient to choke to death.

Anne Taylor failed to call an ambulance for Ella Davidson, 94, at St Cross Grange in Winchester in 2009 despite the hospital being just five minutes away, then quipped: “She’ll be dead before they get here anyway”.

Taylor, the only first aider at the care home, did not bother to start resuscitation attempts and was overheard telling a colleague: “I think I’m in trouble now” after Ms Davidson was pronounced dead.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council misconduct hearing found Taylor had shown no remorse for her actions and would put patients at risk again if allowed to work as a nurse.

Chairman Paul Morris said: “Mrs Taylor’s failings were of a serious nature and her misconduct was at the high end of the spectrum.

“Calling emergency services, summoning medical help and attempting to give life-saving care to a patient are reasonable expectations of a registered nurse. She failed in her duty of care towards the patient.”

Care assistant Veronica Westcott told the misconduct hearing of Taylor’s tyrannical reign at the care home.

Ms Westcott said: “She was looked upon as a bit of a Hitler by everyone in the home because she wanted everything to be her own way.”

In a statement the home’s owner, Greensleeves Homes Trust, said it deeply regretted the distressing circumstances of the death. After an internal inquiry Taylor was sacked.

It said: “We have reminded senior staff at all our homes that it is vital to call an ambulance in the case of sudden or unexpected collapse of a resident.

“Our investigation found that our policy on this matter was both understood and being followed in all our homes, so that this incident was a single lapse in our agreed processes.”

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2:50pm Sat 16 Mar 13

cantthinkofone says...

That's it? Prosecution for manslaughter by negligence or something, surely?
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If the CPS don't fancy it, then the family should bring a civil (tort) case at least. Burden of proof under tort is 'on the balance of probabilities' rather than 'beyond all reasonable doubt', so on the reported facts you'd expect it to succeed.
That's it? Prosecution for manslaughter by negligence or something, surely? . If the CPS don't fancy it, then the family should bring a civil (tort) case at least. Burden of proof under tort is 'on the balance of probabilities' rather than 'beyond all reasonable doubt', so on the reported facts you'd expect it to succeed. cantthinkofone

3:24pm Sat 16 Mar 13

sparkster says...

so the **** should be struck off though thats no consolation for the relatives of the poor woman who choked, it's bad enough when a crumb goes down the wrong way and you're trying to get air its frightening, i hope Anne Taylor doesn't experience choking, if she did im sure she'd want an ambulance called for. If i was a family member of the poor lady who died id definitely take it further
so the **** should be struck off though thats no consolation for the relatives of the poor woman who choked, it's bad enough when a crumb goes down the wrong way and you're trying to get air its frightening, i hope Anne Taylor doesn't experience choking, if she did im sure she'd want an ambulance called for. If i was a family member of the poor lady who died id definitely take it further sparkster

6:39pm Sat 16 Mar 13

sparkster says...

Also what right did Anne Taylor have to play god it didnt matter how old Ella Davidson was an ambulance should have been called she had a right to her life
Also what right did Anne Taylor have to play god it didnt matter how old Ella Davidson was an ambulance should have been called she had a right to her life sparkster

9:47pm Sun 17 Mar 13

menotyou says...

If this happened in 09 why is she only just being struck off now? Unfortunateley this kind of thing happens in so many private care homes where the appointed manager is up on a pedestal and power mad - I know of a couple in this city, one in particular in totton where staff are hired on a whim and fired if they don't comply and all the cqc can do is turn up once a year and tick a few boxes! unfortunateley the poor people who have to live in these places are doomed to be mistreated until a proper way of identifying these people is put in place.
If this happened in 09 why is she only just being struck off now? Unfortunateley this kind of thing happens in so many private care homes where the appointed manager is up on a pedestal and power mad - I know of a couple in this city, one in particular in totton where staff are hired on a whim and fired if they don't comply and all the cqc can do is turn up once a year and tick a few boxes! unfortunateley the poor people who have to live in these places are doomed to be mistreated until a proper way of identifying these people is put in place. menotyou

9:54am Mon 18 Mar 13

Pikey-Biker says...

The wheels of the NMC (Nursing Midwifery Council) turn very slowly I am afraid, secondly question of reporting then it’s either the CQC (don’t doubt their powers as they have powers to close wards/unit if it is deemed necessary) or the NMC (http://www.nmc-uk.o
rg/Hearings/Hearings
-and-outcomes/)

the link is to the hearings section
The wheels of the NMC (Nursing Midwifery Council) turn very slowly I am afraid, secondly question of reporting then it’s either the CQC (don’t doubt their powers as they have powers to close wards/unit if it is deemed necessary) or the NMC (http://www.nmc-uk.o rg/Hearings/Hearings -and-outcomes/) the link is to the hearings section Pikey-Biker

3:10pm Mon 18 Mar 13

richcrocombe says...

Surely this is not the extend of this lady's punishment??!! Are the Police not prosecuting? Daily Echo, if what you have reported about Mrs. Taylor's conduct and attitude were no exaggeration (her commenting 'she'll be dead before they (the ambulance) get here anyway'), is this not criminally negligent manslaughter (if not murder)?. Commented on here: http://legal-diction
ary.thefreedictionar
y.com/manslaughter, it says:

'There are numerous cases in which an omission to act or a failure to perform a duty constitutes criminally negligent manslaughter. The existence of a duty is essential. Since the law does not recognize that an ordinary person has a duty to aid or rescue another in distress, an ensuing death from failure to act would not be manslaughter. On the other hand, an omission in which one has a duty, such as the failure of a lifeguard to attempt to save a drowning person, might constitute the offense.

When the failure to act is reckless or negligent, and not intentional, it is usually manslaughter. If the omission is intentional and death is likely or substantially likely to result, the offense might be murder.'

Daily Echo you have a duty in the public interest, please follow this up with the Police and find out if they are prosecuting, and if they are not, on what grounds? I would like to point out that your articles strongly suggests that Mrs. Taylor has deliberately chosen not to act, where she has a duty of care, when death is substantially likely (by her own admission) to result. If this is the case then she should be prosecuted, if this is not the case then your reporting is errant. Please take some responsibility for letting us know which it is.

Thank you
Surely this is not the extend of this lady's punishment??!! Are the Police not prosecuting? Daily Echo, if what you have reported about Mrs. Taylor's conduct and attitude were no exaggeration (her commenting 'she'll be dead before they (the ambulance) get here anyway'), is this not criminally negligent manslaughter (if not murder)?. Commented on here: http://legal-diction ary.thefreedictionar y.com/manslaughter, it says: 'There are numerous cases in which an omission to act or a failure to perform a duty constitutes criminally negligent manslaughter. The existence of a duty is essential. Since the law does not recognize that an ordinary person has a duty to aid or rescue another in distress, an ensuing death from failure to act would not be manslaughter. On the other hand, an omission in which one has a duty, such as the failure of a lifeguard to attempt to save a drowning person, might constitute the offense. When the failure to act is reckless or negligent, and not intentional, it is usually manslaughter. If the omission is intentional and death is likely or substantially likely to result, the offense might be murder.' Daily Echo you have a duty in the public interest, please follow this up with the Police and find out if they are prosecuting, and if they are not, on what grounds? I would like to point out that your articles strongly suggests that Mrs. Taylor has deliberately chosen not to act, where she has a duty of care, when death is substantially likely (by her own admission) to result. If this is the case then she should be prosecuted, if this is not the case then your reporting is errant. Please take some responsibility for letting us know which it is. Thank you richcrocombe

6:42pm Mon 18 Mar 13

hailesam says...

I agree with the other comments here regarding prosecution.

Being struck off is not good enough. The police should prosecute.

Will the Daily Echo take this up as a campaign to see TRUE JUSTICE done and a conviction made on Anne Taylor? I would have thought the victim's family would be eager to get behind such a campaign.
I agree with the other comments here regarding prosecution. Being struck off is not good enough. The police should prosecute. Will the Daily Echo take this up as a campaign to see TRUE JUSTICE done and a conviction made on Anne Taylor? I would have thought the victim's family would be eager to get behind such a campaign. hailesam

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