NHS manager boasts death of Terry Jones meant trust 'got away with' failings in dementia deaths

Mail Online | 1/23/2020 | Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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An NHS manager sent a gloating email to staff boasting they had been 'saved by the death of Terry Jones' after the Monty Python star's passing overshadowed a report into the deaths of two dementia sufferers in media coverage.

Yesterday the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust was criticised in an investigation into the death Doreen Livermore, 88, who broke her hip and died six weeks after being attacked in Amberley Hall Care Home in King's Lynn by another dementia patient.

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The NSFT also came under fire for the death of another man with dementia at the same care home in 2017.

Mark Prentice, communications manager at NSFT, inadvertently copied a journalist into his email to staff on Thursday where he suggested that the passing of comedy film star Mr Jones meant reduced coverage for the death of Mrs Livermore in news reports.

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He said 'we emerged virtually unscathed' and the trust was not named on a local BBC TV report about Mrs Livermore's death - but the presenter 'said something along the lines of 'no agency involved in Doreen Livermore's care emerged without criticism'.

Mr Prentice added: 'We seem to have got away (again) with the Adult Safeguarding Review story... I think we may have been saved by the death of Terry Jones.'

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