Wakefield Council is ordered to pay for residential care after 11 year delayBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7414.521 (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:521
- Owen Dyer
A Yorkshire woman with severe learning disabilities spent 11 years in hospital because the local council and NHS trust could not agree on who should pay for her place in a residential home.
The local government ombudsman told Wakefield Council to pay £20 000 ($31 400; €28 600) to the woman, named in the ombudsman's report as Miss King.
The council became Miss King's guardian in 1989, when she was 19. Before that she had been a ward of court. In 1990 Miss King, who also …