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Elderly: Abuse

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 229W, on elderly: abuse, what each of the 15 reports of serious case reviews was; and what account was taken of them in the drafting of the consultation document. (245234)

Of the 15 reports analysed for the draft research study on serious case reviews, to be published this winter, 10 involved a fatality and evidence of neglect or abuse (whether or not such neglect or abuse was clearly causative of death). The remainder involved either sexual assault, or institutional abuse. Of the 15 reports, seven of the cases involved neglect or abuse taking place at the service user's home.

The development of the consultation document involved consideration of a wide range of information and views from a wide range of key stakeholders. The information from the draft research report on serious case reviews provided useful information to help formulate the questions asked in the consultation document about serious case reviews.