Elderly stroke patient died ‘very malnourished and emaciated’ after years of neglect by carers
An elderly woman became emaciated as a result of neglect while being looked after by carers, a serious case review has revealed.
Jill Tambling, who required care for 22 years after suffering a stroke, was found to be starving when she died at the age of 70.
Her weight at the time of her death prompted fears that she was neglected by carers.
The report found that the pensioner was subjected to poor care which left her underweight and covered in bed sores, with scaly skin and matted, falling out hair.
The review into her death also revealed that her carers watched TV and talked on their phones while visiting her at her home in Weymouth, Dorset.
Despite Mrs Tambling’s worryingly low weight being noted in 2007, nothing was done about it until she was moved into a care home five years later.
At the time, care managers noted: ‘Her state of personal hygiene is such that we would not have expected to find in a person with such a comprehensive care package.’
Days before she was moved into the care home, Mrs Tambling had been left alone, bedridden and unable to call for help, after ambulance staff rushed her husband to hospital after he also suffered a stroke.
Three weeks later a dietician reported she was ‘very malnourished and emaciated’, adding: ‘Her condition raises concerns of neglect by whoever was caring for her.’
Mrs Tambling’s husband, Michael, branded the care ‘awful’. He said: ‘I was having to feed her when she didn’t want to eat and lift her on and off the commode more than 20 to 30 times a day.
‘I have no qualms with social services, but when the other carers came sometimes they just watched TV or were on their phones, they never helped me feed her or roll her over.
Mrs Tambling was found to be seriously underweight, covered in bed sores and with scaly skin and matted hair. She was also ‘very malnourished’.
At one point she was left alone, bedridden and unable to call for help when her husband was rushed to hospital.
Nine agencies, including South Western Ambulance Trust, Dorset County Hospital, Synergy Housing and Dorset County Council, have been criticised by the serious case review into her death.
‘They only came for half an hour in the morning, and then quarter of an hour at teatime and bedtime.
‘During this time she got bed sores, wasn’t eating right, her hair was never washed. I felt so isolated and couldn’t cope.’
The report found the authorities had not carried out assessments of Mrs Tambling after she suffered a stroke in 1990 and that they also failed to carry out assessments after a second stroke in 2005.
It criticised failures in ‘effective multiagency working’ and said no effort was made to establish a relationship with Mrs Tambling.
It noted: ‘One of the evident flaws was that a lack of clarity existed even within individual agencies about role and responsibility.’
It highlighted ‘individual poor basic practice…despite the involvement of a wide range of professionals’ leading up to her death in May 2012.
The report listed a ‘number of failings’ by nine agencies in Dorset including the Clinical Commissioning Group, South Western Ambulance Trust, Dorset County Hospital, Synergy Housing and the local authority.
Two members of staff at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust have been sacked in the wake of the report.
Glen Gocoul, Dorset County Council’s head of specialist adult services, promised lessons will be learned from the case.
He said: ‘In hindsight, staff involved should have challenged those decisions and probed deeper to see if Mrs Tambling was getting the care she should have. ‘When she was moved to a home it was obvious something had gone wrong, she was frail, thin and her body weight was not what it should have been.’
Tim Archer, director of nursing and innovation at Dorset Health Care, added: ‘We are committed to working with partner agencies across Dorset to act on the lessons learnt and prevent this from happening again.’
Immigrants? We sent out search parties to get them to come… and made it hard for Britons to get work, says Mandelson
Labour sent out ‘search parties’ for immigrants to get them to come to the UK, Lord Mandelson has admitted.
In a stunning confirmation that the Blair and Brown governments deliberately engineered mass immigration, the former Cabinet Minister and spin doctor said New Labour sought out foreign workers.
He also conceded that the influx of arrivals meant the party’s traditional supporters are now unable to find work.
By contrast, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party got it wrong on immigration but has refused to admit it was too high under Labour.
Between 1997 and 2010, net migration to Britain totalled more than 2.2million, more than twice the population of Birmingham.
The annual net figure quadrupled under Labour from 48,000 people in 1997 to 198,000 by 2009.
Lord Mandelson’s remarks come three years after Labour officials denied claims by former adviser Andrew Neather that they deliberately encouraged immigration in order to change the make-up of Britain.
Mr Neather said the policy was designed to ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’. He said there was ‘a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural’.
Senior Labour figures have been reluctant to concede they deliberately engineered the influx of migrants who have transformed communities over the past decade.
But, at a rally for the Blairite think-tank Progress, Lord Mandelson said: ‘In 2004 when as a Labour government, we were not only welcoming people to come into this country to work, we were sending out search parties for people and encouraging them, in some cases, to take up work in this country.’
He said: ‘The problem has grown during the period of economic stagnation over the last five, six years.’
When Labour encouraged new arrivals ‘we were almost … a full employment economy’ but, he admitted: ‘The situation is different obviously now.
‘We have to just realise… entry to the labour market of many people of non-British origin is hard for people who are finding it very difficult to find jobs, who find it hard to keep jobs.
‘For these people immigration tends to loom large in their lives and in their worlds, now that is an inescapable fact, and we have to understand it, address it, engage with people in discussion about it.’
Mr Mandelson’s admission that New Labour sought out foreign workers is a stunning confirmation that governments led by Tony Blair, left, and Gordon Brown, right, deliberately engineered mass immigration
His words are far franker than Mr Miliband’s. Asked earlier this month whether ‘too many people were allowed to come’, he replied: ‘I wouldn’t put it that way, no.’
Tory chairman Grant Shapps said: ‘Peter Mandelson’s candid admission that Labour were purposefully letting immigration spiral out of control when in government is yet another damning indictment on their record on immigration.’
Sir Andrew Green of Migration Watch said: ‘This is an astonishing admission from the highest level that Labour’s mass immigration policy was entirely deliberate.
‘It will be a very long time before their own working class supporters thank them for the enormous changes that have been imposed on their communities.’
Gordon Brown yesterday accused the Tories of emulating Enoch Powell by using immigration to head off the growing electoral threat from UKIP.
Mr Powell’s 1968 ‘rivers of blood’ speech ignited huge controversy in the debate on immigration.
Former prime minister Mr Brown – who once called for ‘British jobs for British workers’ – told a pro-union rally in Glasgow: ‘A party that was anti-Powellite on immigration is now becoming very close to being Powellite on that issue.’
A fifth of murder and rape suspects in Britain born abroad
A fifth of rape and murder suspects in the UK last year were foreign nationals. Figures showed a total of 93 people were charged with murder and 632 with rape.
The statistics of suspects born abroad compares to the overall numbers of 555 murder suspects and 3,436 murder suspects.
A survey of 43 English and Welsh police forces showed that just one failed to record any rape or murder charges against a non-UK citizen, The Sun reported.
More than a third of the 210 rape suspects charged in London last year were immigrants. Out of the 180 murder suspects in the capital 41 were from foreign. In the capital 24 were from Jamaica, 14 from Nigeria, 13 from Poland and ten from Portugal.
In Suffolk, 75 per cent of suspects charged with murder were immigrants.
Cumbria had a similarly high rate, with 63 per cent of murder suspects being foreigners.
But in rural Wales, Dyfed-Powys Police had no record of a rape or murder charge against a foreigner, The Sun reported.
Hampshire refused to reveal nationalities of eight foreigners charged with rape, explaining it would lead to ethnic victimisation.
The figures did not reveal how many were convicted or cleared, The Sun reported.
The latest YouGov survey showed 57 per cent of people named immigration as being among the top three issues facing the country, its highest level since June 2010 and up 11 per cent on a year ago.
The Prime Minister and his deputy promised an Immigration Bill to ‘clamp down on those from overseas who abuse our public services’ in the Queen’s Speech last week.
Extra focus has fallen on plans to deal with the impact of immigration in the wake of the rise of UKIP, which took almost one in four votes in last week’s local elections.
The Immigration Bill aims to build on the coalition’s success, which has already seen the number of migrants fall by a third since 2010.
Figures in February showed that one in 12 people blames rape victims for their own fate if they flirt with their attacker or if they are drunk at the time they are raped, official figures reveal.
Around 2million people suffered domestic abuse in England or Wales last year, according to statistics – down by half since 1995.
The group most at risk from sexual assault and violence consists of women under the age of 25, with women who have separated from their husbands also disproportionately likely to be victims.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that six per cent of people think rape victims are to blame when they are drunk, and eight per cent criticise victims who are under the influence of drugs.
The Church of Scotland pisses on the Bible
Their antisemitism trumps all else
Earlier this month, the Church of Scotland issued a report titled “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land.'”
The essence of the report is that according to the Bible, Jews have no more attachment to the land of Israel than anyone else. Hence “promised land” is in quotation marks in the report’s title — because there is no promised land.
In the report’s words: “The New Testament contains a radical re-interpretation of the concepts of ‘Israel,’ ‘temple,’ ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘land.’ When the Bible mentions ‘Israel,’ it does not mean Israel; when it says ‘temple,’ the Bible does not mean the Jewish temple; ‘Jerusalem’ does not mean the city of Jerusalem; and ‘land’ does not mean land.
“Promises about the land of Israel,” the report continues, “were never intended to be taken literally, or as applying to a defined geographical territory.”
Even during the worst excesses of Christian anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages, it is doubtful that any normative Christian body declared that “Israel,” “the temple,” “Jerusalem” and “the land” no longer meant or were ever intended to mean what those words represent.
This claim is not only profoundly anti-Semitic. It is an act of theological forgery; it makes a mockery of the Bible as a coherent document and it renders Christianity inherently anti-Semitic.
It would be as if a major post-Christian religious body had announced that “Jesus,” “Christ,” “crucifixion” and “resurrection” had never meant what Christians and the New Testament had always understood them to mean. Imagine if a major Muslim body declared that Jesus means Muhammad; Christ means Quran; crucifixion means Islamophobia; and resurrection means the Hajj.
I have never equated criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. But the Church of Scotland report is not about criticism of Israel; it is about invalidating the Jewish people and invalidating the Jews’ historically incontestable claims to the land upon which the only independent states that ever existed were Jewish.
–The Church of Scotland report asserts that the Bible does not support the existence of a Jewish state: “There has been a widespread assumption by many Christians as well as many Jewish people that the Bible supports an essentially Jewish state of Israel. This raises an increasing number of difficulties. … ”
–It asserts that justice and the existence of a Jewish state are mutually exclusive: “There is a direct conflict of interest between wanting human rights and justice for all and retaining the right to the land.”
–It asserts that the Jews’ return to Israel has no biblical basis.
–It asserts that the notion that the Jews have or ever had a special relationship with God — one of the most oft repeated ideas in the Hebrew Bible — is negated in that very same Bible: “That exclusivist tradition implied Jews had a special, privileged position in relation to God. But the prophetic tradition stood against this.” The Chosen People is not chosen, in other words.
–It asserts that God’s promise of the land to Abraham has nothing to do with the Jews; it is only about Jesus: “The promise to Abraham about land is fulfilled through the impact of Jesus, not by restoration of land to the Jewish people.”
–It asserts that even Jesus — that proud, religious Jew — did not believe in any special relationship between God and the Jews: “Jesus offered a radical critique of Jewish specialness … ”
At the same time, this truly immoral document does not devote a word to why there were Palestinian refugees: While the Jews accepted the 1947-48 partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, all the neighboring Arab states rejected the partition and invaded the Jews in order to annihilate Israel at birth.
Nor does the report devote a single sentence to how Israel’s occupation of the West Bank came about: In 1967, Israel’s neighbors sought to exterminate Israel just as Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and most Palestinians and other Muslims in the Middle East today wish to now. And that only because of that war, won by Israel, did Israel come to occupy the West Bank of Jordan.
Nor is a word devoted to Palestinian national honoring of their numerous terrorists, or to the exterminationist and anti-Semitic propaganda that saturates Middle East media or to the widespread Palestinian support for terrorism (according to the just-released Pew Forum poll of Muslims, 40 percent of Palestinians support suicide terror).
And the Church of Scotland did not think it important to even hint at what happened in Gaza after the Israelis gave the whole of Gaza to the Palestinians: The Palestinians converted it into a terror-state that regularly launches rockets into Israel to kill as many Israelis as possible.
And, most vile of all, the Church of Scotland never once notes, let alone condemns, the Muslim countries and organizations that seek to annihilate Israel, an existential threat that no other country or people in the world face.
The Church of Scotland has given voice to the ugliest depiction of Jews since medieval times. The official reaction of the Scottish Jewish community is that Christian-Jewish post-Holocaust dialogue seems to have been a moral and intellectual waste of time. I do not agree. But if other Christian churches do not condemn the Church of Scotland — despite its promise to revise its report to include a statement that Israel has a right to exist (!) — even pro-Christian Jews will wonder whether the Scottish Jewish community’s reaction is valid.
And how did this happen? The report is a combination of medieval Christian anti-Judaism and contemporary leftist anti-Zionism. For Jews and Israel, that’s a lethal combination.
London Police give out cautions for a quarter of ALL crimes including rapes, drug trafficking and robbery
One in four of the crimes ‘solved’ by Britain’s largest police force last year involved the offender accepting a ‘slap on the wrist’, it emerged last night.
Nearly 30,000 cautions were handed to criminals in London for offences including robbery, drug smuggling and even rape.
They made up a quarter of the 118,000 crimes counted as solved by police in the capital during those 12 months.
Critics said the public and police are being short-changed by a rampant ‘cautions culture’ which lets off serious criminals.
The figures, revealed by a Freedom of Information request, showed the Metropolitan Police issued 28,998 cautions and youth warnings last year.
Among the cautions were 5,843 for violent attacks, 165 for sexual offences and, astonishingly, five for rape. A total of 180 offenders were cautioned for grievous bodily harm or wounding, 131 for robbery and 318 for drug trafficking.
Police handed out 205,700 cautions nationwide in the 12 months ending in September 2012, according to the Ministry of Justice.
Among them were 40,148 for drug offences, 13,466 for violent assaults, 2,726 for burglary and 1,422 for sex attacks.
The figures represented a 12 per cent decrease compared with the previous 12 months, and a 44 per cent fall from 2007 when cautions peaked at 367,300.
Last month, Policing Minister Damian Green announced a review of guidelines for issuing police cautions as part of a wider crackdown. Mr Green said the Government’s goal was to see the use of cautions restricted to ensure serious criminals would never escape punishment.
The review, due to report next month, will examine whether cautions should be banned for some offences. There are fears that victims of violent and even sexual crimes are subject to a postcode lottery where attackers in some areas are more than twice as likely to escape with a caution.
Ministers are also concerned at the way repeat offenders receive cautions for multiple crimes.
Tony Arbour, a Tory politician in London who uncovered the data, said justice was not being done and those who receive cautions ‘escape punishment’.
A Met spokesman said the force follows national guidance and cautions are issued only in the case of serious offences after discussions with prosecutors.
He said the force ‘supports’ the use of cautions, which are mostly used to deal with first-time offenders.
He added: ‘A caution is a serious matter, which can have significant consequences for the person’s future employment.’
Fanatical fools trying to blow us all up? They’re the least of our problems…
By Peter Hitchens
Long ago I annoyed a prominent Irish republican. When we were mistakenly left alone together in the same hospitality room in a TV studio, he raged at me, white with fury, accusing me of being paid to persecute him.
It crossed my mind that I might be a terrorist target as a result. I pondered for a while, and concluded there wasn’t much I could do about it.
Too bad. My father had spent long months on the Russian convoys in the Second World War, harried by appalling weather, U-boats, German surface raiders and the Luftwaffe, with half an inch of steel between him and a sea so cold that it would kill you in seconds.
Compared to that, my danger was tiny and barely worth worrying about. My only sorrow was that my minor risk was all in vain. Not long afterwards, the British State cravenly surrendered to the Provisional IRA, and called it ‘peace’.
This has made me more scornful, ever after, of the ludicrous spasms we go into when criminal bombers strike at us. In the end these people are just immoral zealots who have turned to crime because they have an exaggerated idea of their own goodness.
In many cases they save us the trouble of killing them by doing it themselves. But if they survive, they deserve a fair trial and then a swift vertical journey through a trap door with a rope round their necks.
Yet instead, we do exactly what they hope we will do. We act as if they are important. We turn our countries upside down to take useless precautions against them. We give the police special powers. We make travel into a silly palaver of searches and checks of obviously harmless people. We destroy half our ancient liberties as we tramp and stamp about. Then, later on, we give in to the terrorists anyway.
None of these precautions works. They are as futile as the toy golf-ball detector which a cunning fraud successfully sold as an explosives scanner, and they work on the same principle. The client is so scared that he has stopped thinking, and will gullibly accept almost anything he is told.
If some fanatical cretin wants to bomb a marathon, how on earth can you stop him? We know that the American authorities had been warned about this particular cretin, but, short of locking him up without charge, what could they realistically have done?
‘Our culture is already noticeably scared of Islam and gives it a great deal of leeway. My own view is that this will end in the slow Islamisation of this country’
Just before the July 7 outrages in London in 2005, our vaunted, boastful security organs were completely unaware that anything was going to happen (and, worse, our emergency services were sadly unprepared).
They have been trying to justify their enormous budgets ever since by rounding up groups of bearded, incompetent but talkative fantasists, and slinging them into prison for very long periods. They also periodically let it be known that they have saved us from lots of other nameless perils that they can’t speak about. Well, perhaps.
Meanwhile we continue the hilarious pursuit of some furry-faced Muslim cleric, who seems to have been invented to demonstrate that we no longer control our own borders. The Government’s legal bill must be enormous. What we won’t even consider doing is leaving the EU and the Human Rights convention, the two actions that would free us to act as we wish.
Meanwhile, the real Islamic problem grows unnoticed – the quiet spread of Sharia law, female subjugation and polygamy in our country, mainly the result of the uncontrolled mass immigration that would have been a good deal easier to tackle than ‘terrorism’ ever was.
In the end, who knows where this may lead? Our culture is already noticeably scared of Islam and gives it a great deal of leeway. My own view is that this will end in the slow Islamisation of this country.
If you don’t think we will wear this, look at the fascinating picture of Katherine Russell, widow of the unlamented Boston murderer Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an all-American girl, brought up in freedom, yet now shrouded in the submissive garb of the Muslim wife. I shouldn’t think she thought that would happen to her, either. She is a metaphor for all of us.