Pensioner Gloria Foster dies after being left to starve for nine days

Sutton Guardian: Pensioner left to starve for nine days dies in hospital Pensioner left to starve for nine days dies in hospital

A widow who was left to starve after her nursing care was cut off has died in hospital.

Banstead woman Gloria Foster was left for nine days after the council-contracted agency supplying her with care was shut down by immigration police.

She was found dangerously dehydrated, with severe bed sores and only a faint pulse on Thursday, January 24, after going nine days without the four daily visits she was supposed to have. She died in Epsom Hospital yesterday.

Mrs Foster, in her 80s, was being looked after by nurses from Sutton-based Carefirst 24 and depended on them for her medication, food and drink. The agency was raided and six people arrested on January 15 amid allegations the company had been employing illegal immigrants under the identities of former workers.

Both Surrey County Council and Sutton Council contracted work to the agency and alternative arrangements were supposed to have been made for all those affected. But Mrs Foster, who was under Surrey County Council's jurisdiction, did not get any replacement care.

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "We're very sad to hear about Mrs Foster's death, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

"The safety of vulnerable adults is our top priority, which is why this tragic event is already being urgently looked at by the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board."

The Local Government Ombudsman has said it will step in if the investigation is not deemed satisfactory.

All those arrested in the raid on Carefirst 24 have been bailed until dates in March.

Sutton Council says alternative arrangements were made for all its clients in Carefirst's care prior to the raid.

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11:28am Tue 5 Feb 13

RobertS1970 says...

Too little too late! Surrey County Council Social Services ought to be ashamed of themselves - appalling!
Too little too late! Surrey County Council Social Services ought to be ashamed of themselves - appalling! RobertS1970

12:28pm Tue 5 Feb 13

fedup58 says...

This is appalling! The way we treat the elderly in this country is disgusting. I hope ALL those concerned are suitably ashamed and that someone is bought to task for what has happendand to ensure that this does not happen again.
This really is becoming a country of not caring for the elderly. I am horrified to think that a supposed civilised country could let this happen.
This is appalling! The way we treat the elderly in this country is disgusting. I hope ALL those concerned are suitably ashamed and that someone is bought to task for what has happendand to ensure that this does not happen again. This really is becoming a country of not caring for the elderly. I am horrified to think that a supposed civilised country could let this happen. fedup58

12:40pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Sutton53 says...

This is just terrible! Surrey County Council Social Services and Sutton Council should have ensured that every person on the 'agency's' books were accounted for and help was re-instated to make up for the loss of service by Carefirst 24. No doubt that excuses will be made by the people who failed Gloria Foster, to cover their duty to her and anyone else caught up in this situation. My sympathy to her family and friends.
This is just terrible! Surrey County Council Social Services and Sutton Council should have ensured that every person on the 'agency's' books were accounted for and help was re-instated to make up for the loss of service by Carefirst 24. No doubt that excuses will be made by the people who failed Gloria Foster, to cover their duty to her and anyone else caught up in this situation. My sympathy to her family and friends. Sutton53

12:46pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Mr Perceptive says...

"The safety of vulnerable adults is our top priority" What utter poppycock by the Surrey County Council spokesman! Take some responsibility. I would hate to be on the receiving end of any low priority services.
"The safety of vulnerable adults is our top priority" What utter poppycock by the Surrey County Council spokesman! Take some responsibility. I would hate to be on the receiving end of any low priority services. Mr Perceptive

12:51pm Tue 5 Feb 13

boredofallyourmoaning says...

Sorry sympathy to family and friends......where were they?
9 days this poor woman went with any contact, there is no way I would not contact my mother of 80 for 9 days. I completly agree with the coments about Surrey County Council, but no-one has actually asked where was this ladies family was. Gloria was not only failed by the system, but failed by those her around her.
Sorry sympathy to family and friends......where were they? 9 days this poor woman went with any contact, there is no way I would not contact my mother of 80 for 9 days. I completly agree with the coments about Surrey County Council, but no-one has actually asked where was this ladies family was. Gloria was not only failed by the system, but failed by those her around her. boredofallyourmoaning

6:47pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Poor lady. My deepest sympathy. Can't see anything changing under the present crop of politicians. We need a modern day Bevan.
Poor lady. My deepest sympathy. Can't see anything changing under the present crop of politicians. We need a modern day Bevan. Michael Pantlin

7:41pm Tue 5 Feb 13

justreadingthenews1 says...

This is a real crime! The UKBA and the Social Services should never have done that. this makes me sick of how vulnerable clients are being treated by social services.... they should be ashamed of themselves for closing down companies who were willing to look after vulnerable people..
This is a real crime! The UKBA and the Social Services should never have done that. this makes me sick of how vulnerable clients are being treated by social services.... they should be ashamed of themselves for closing down companies who were willing to look after vulnerable people.. justreadingthenews1

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