A scandal-hit trust has been fined more than £1 million after it pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide safe care following the deaths of two patients.
Following a hearing at Telford Magistrates’ Court, judge Paul Goldspring imposed a fine of £800,000 on one of two charges relating to the death of 31-year-old Mohammed Ismael Zaman, and an additional £533,334 over a charge brought in relation to the death of Max Dingle, 83.
The court heard Mr Zaman died after suffering severe blood loss while undergoing dialysis in 2019, as reported by The Independent.
Another charge was brought against the trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the death of Mr Dingle, who died in May 2020 after his head became trapped between a bed rail and a mattress.
Passing sentence on the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, judge Goldspring said the families of two patients, who died at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 2019 and 2020 had suffered “unimaginable grief”.
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has been at the centre of the NHS’ largest inquiry into poor maternity care which found last month almost 300 babies ha died or been left brain damaged by the trust’s failures.
The trust was previously fined £4000 by the CQC in 2020 after it was found to have failed to triage patients in A&E within 15 minutes. This fine was not linked to the latest prosecution however.
Opening the facts of the case against the trust, the CQC’s lawyer Ryan Donoghue said the failures in care provided to Mr Zaman “were the legal cause of his death, for which the trust is responsible”.
Mr Donoghue added that Mr Dingle’s “head was trapped between the bed rails and mattress” after he was admitted with chronic lung disease.
An alarm was immediately raised when Mr Dingle was found, the court heard, and he was freed, but he died from a cardiac arrest.
Referring to the death of Mr Dingle, Mr Donoghue said: “The basis (of the guilty plea) is that the failures exposed him to a significant risk of avoidable harm.”
In a victim impact statement which was read to the court, Mr Dingle’s son Phil said they had shared a “very special bond” for 57 years.
He also paid tribute to the retired policeman, who lived in Newtown in mid-Wales, as a “mountain of a man” who was always the source of great advice.
The pensioner’s son flew back to the UK from his home in Australia to visit his father, but was told he had died before having chance to see him.