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Coroner is asked to review deaths of nursing home residents

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:216
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A coroner has been asked to look into the deaths of 13 elderly residents who died in a UK nursing home after a review found that standards there raised “serious concerns.”

Twenty eight residents died at the Maypole Nursing Home in Birmingham between 2002 and 2003. The home, which has 36 beds, failed to notify care standard officials of 15 of these deaths. It was closed in March 2003 after an inspection by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority then coordinated a wide ranging review, which found that the home was failing …

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