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As Disabled Man Dies Trapped in Hospital Bed Rails the Hospital is Fined for Clinical Negligence

A Hospital where a disabled man died after becoming trapped in the bars of his Hospital bed has been fined £90,000 for clinical negligence.

Kyle Flack was just 20 years old when the tragedy happened. He had been seriously disabled from birth, suffering from cerebral palsy. He was quadriplegic, blind, deaf and mute. When he was admitted to Basildon Hospital, it was made clear to staff that he had special care needs.

Kyle required bumpers on his bed that protected him from the rails. His bed was fitted with ill fitted bumpers, as it was later revealed the hospital only had adult size bed bumpers, and Kyle was the size of a 12 year old boy. He also required constant care, but was moved from such a facility to a room which was only occasionally monitored.

In 2006, just two days after being admitted, the staff serving breakfast noticed Kyle’s head had become trapped in the rails. Despite attempts to resuscitate him, Kyle unfortunately passed away.

Recently the Hospital admitted its failings and was fined £50,000 for breaching Health and Safety legislation. It was also made to pay £40,000 costs. The same Hospital was criticised last year after reports of soiled mattresses and disposable equipment being used more than once. It has now bought 872 child size rails for use in the Hospital beds.

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