THE Priory has been slammed by the family of a girl who died in its care after being told it faces a multi-million-pound fine. Lawyers at the psychiatric-care group yesterday said they will be entering a guilty plea when the case comes to a crown court next month. The company is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the death of 14-year-old Amy El-Keria in Ticehurst House hospital near Wadhurst, East Sussex, in 2016. The teen, who was on suicide watch, hanged herself after being left in her room with a scarf. Prosecutor Sarah Le Fevre told Brighton magistrates yesterday the starting point for the fine will be £2.4million during the sentencing hearing on February 6 in Lewes. LatestFOUND SAFE Boy, 8, missing from his home in London for seven hours found safe and well SNOWED UNDER Britain braced for SNOW as dramatic charts show where icy blast will hit CHAT UP LINE Lad accidentally added to 'Sandra's 50th' chat asks for STRIPPERS and drugs 'MIGRANT' BREAKOUT … [Read more...] about The Priory could face multi-million-pound fine over death of girl, 14, in its care
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When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and went to a hospital for an evaluation. In the waiting room, Tidyman opened the folder. “Very soon I saw that there were pages and pages of notes that referred to a different person with the same name — a person whose medical conditions were much more complicated and numerous than my father’s,” she said.MORE HEALTH: This is the greatest tool to fight child sexual abuse – and parents won't use itTidyman pulled out sheets with mistaken information and made a mental note to always check records in the future. “That was a wake-up call,” she said. Older adults have cause to be careful about what’s in their medical records. … [Read more...] about Check your medical records for dangerous errors
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?
Last of two parts“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens wrote in 1859. Nearly 60 years later it was an apt description of life in Philadelphia. World War I was winding down, victory in sight. The city had proudly and vigorously raised millions of dollars to support the local soldiers on the battlefield. The patriotism and excitement was palpable: the boys would be coming home soon.But in late summer 1918, the city was in “the grippe” of a second wave of a Spanish influenza epidemic sweeping the United States. The city was quickly plunged into misery. Illness and death and decay was everywhere. Dread and despair tormented the living. Unspeakable indignities visited the dead and alive. For two weeks in September and October, from the start of the epidemic through some of its darkest days, the city’s newspapers chronicled the misery in the streets of Philadelphia. But they also shared tales of heroism, hope, frustration and … [Read more...] about In 1918, Philadelphia was in ‘the grippe’ of misery and suffering