Council driver ‘left dementia patient, 88, in bus overnight for more than 14 hours after forgetting about her’

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Another unbelievable case of care workers failing in their duty at the expense of the old and vulnerable’s health and wellbeing.

Quite how this dozy bitch, driver managed to miss eighty eight year old Mrs Cook who was seated directly behind her is anyone’s guess.

However, it has to be said that if her observation and awareness of her surroundings is that poor, what the fuck is she doing driving a bus in the first place.

Questions also need to be asked at the care home Mrs Cook lives in, who unforgivably failed to notice her absence. 

This failure in care of duty by the health services is just another breathtaking fuck up in a long line of breath taking fuck ups. 

“these things happen” is not fucking good enough. Imagine how you would feel if Mrs Cook was your mother. 

Fuck me, is it any wonder I love my dogs so much.

 

 

Council driver ‘left dementia patient, 88, in bus overnight for more than 14 hours after forgetting about her’

  • Driver Susan McLaughlin ‘forgot’ about Joan Cook, 88, and left her on bus
  • Mrs Cook was found 14 hours later ‘with no food, water or toilet’
  • Care home did not realise dementia sufferer had not returned home
  • McLaughlin, who was ‘dazed and upset’ when she found out, denies neglect

By ANNA EDWARDS

PUBLISHED: 05:22, 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 05:22, 15 May 2013

 

 

Susan McLaughlin pleads not guilty to a charge of neglectSusan McLaughlin pleads not guilty to a charge of neglect

A council driver left an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s and dementia trapped overnight on a minibus, a jury heard today.

Susan McLaughlin, 43, forgot about Joan Cook, who spent more than 14 hours on the bus, which was parked at her depot in Luton, Bedfordshire.

The 88-year-old was found the next morning sitting calmly in the same seat behind the driver’s seat, Luton crown court was told

Mrs Cook and another women had been collected from the Hockwell Ring Day Centre in Luton on April 29 last year and should have been dropped off at her sheltered flat at in Farley Hill, on the other side of town.

The other woman, Margaret Harkin, was dropped off by McLaughlin, but instead of heading to the Jill Jenkins home afterwards she drove straight to the depot in Kingsway, Luton.

Laura Blackband, prosecuting, said: ‘Mrs Cook was left in the van. She had no food, no water, no heating, no light and no toilet and no mobile phone.

‘She was 88 years old and suffering from dementia.’

McLoughlin had finished paper work in the van before leaving Mrs Cook and went into the depot where she wrapped a present for a colleague and then left for home.

Mrs Cook had been left in the van at a quarter to five in the evening and was not discovered until a quarter past seven the next morning.

McLaughlin, of Luton, pleads not guilty to a charge of neglect, contrary to Section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Mrs Cook was left in the van with no food, water, heating, light or toilet, the prosecution saidMrs Cook was left in the van with no food, water, heating, light or toilet, the prosecution said

The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women that McLaughlin had worked for Luton Borough Council since 2007.

Her job was to transport vulnerable elderly people and children with special needs.

The council policy was that the driver would be assisted by an escort, but if no escort is available the drivers’ job would be to double up.

Ms Blackband said: ‘It was not a big job to look around the van to see who is on it.

Mrs Cook (not pictured) was discovered 14 hours later sitting calmly in the same positionMrs Cook (not pictured) was discovered 14 hours later sitting calmly in the same position

‘On 29 April Susan McLauglin was working a full day’s shift. Towards the end of the day at around 4pm she went to pick up Margaret Harkin and Joan Cook.

‘They were picked up from the Hockwell Ring centre and were to be taken back to their care homes.

‘Susan McLaughlin took Mrs Harkin back to where she was living.

‘At that stage she was supposed to take Mrs Cook to where she was living, but she went to the depot and left Mrs Cook in the van.

‘It is not a huge vehicle. Mrs Harkin was on the window side close to the door.

‘Mrs Cook was opposite her on the second row by the window behind the driver.

‘Quite why Susan McLauglin failed to observe Mrs Cook one can only imagine. It is a clear case of neglect.’

Regrettably, she said nobody at Mrs Cook’s care home had noticed she was not there until the morning.

She was discovered at a quarter past seven sitting calmly in the same position, where she had been all night.

When McLaughlin turned up for work in the morning and was told what had happened she was said to be ‘dazed, shocked and upset.’ She was asked to drive Mrs Cook home, which she did.

She was arrested by the police on May 10.

The trial continues.

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