J4J have continued to fight for justice for the families involved in Operation Jasmine and we are encouraged by the decision to allow Inquests to take place in respect of Stanley Bradford, Edith Evans, Dorothea Hale and Evelyn Jones. It is hoped that these will take place this year and we all hope that the truth comes out and that lessons will be learned that safeguard people in care homes in the future.
24th June 2016, 10:33am
Are you aware of the Advocacy Service and what support is available to you on a free basis?
Advocacy is help and support to get your voice heard, your opinions listened to and your wishes taken into consideration. An advocate can help you find other specialist services like benefits advice and housing advice and help you to understand your care and treatment. Advocates can support you at meetings/appointments and write letters or make phone calls to help you resolve your issues. Advocacy does not make decisions for you, an advocate will provide you with a range of options and will support you whilst you make a decision. Advocacy services are free and confidential and you don’t need to be referred in by a health or social care professional. Most independent advocacy services work to the guidelines set out in the Advocacy Charter – here is a link:
To find an advocacy service in your area, you can either contact the Age UK advice line on 0800 169 2081 (or in Wales, Age Cymru on 08000 223 444) or enter your local or county town and the word “advocacy” into an internet search engine”.
10th May 2016, 12:56pm
Here is the compelling story of the neglect suffered by Dorothea Hale, as told by her daughter Cath Cawte
The care home involved, Grosvenor Nursing Home in Abertillery, has since changed ownership and any comments made in the video refer to the period in 2006 when Dorothea was a resident
Here is the story of Justice for Jasmine so far. Captured in a 15 minute video using sources in the public domain.
Please be warned before viewing that there are horrific images of some of the pressure ulcer wounds inflicted upon our relatives during their stay in care.
After viewing and seeing the wounds suffered by our loved ones you understand why we must continue with our Campaign Justice for Jasmine and continue to fight for accountability and justice to ensure no other families will endure the heartache we had to endure and no other patients in care will suffer the appalling treatment received by our relatives.
4th February 2016, 12:42pm
4th February 2016, 12:29pm
19th October 2015, 9:54am
The First Minister calls for the Crown Prosecution Service to reconsider their decision not to review the case against Dr Das and confirms some Inquests are now to take place.
His full response to the Independent Review undertaken by Dr Flynn can be seen on Senedd tv, 1 hour and five minutes into the plenary session, on the 6th October 2015 via the Read More button.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council at last proved a long list of allegations against 5 nurses who worked at the Brithdir care home between 2004 and 2005. Here is a damning extract from their announcement. Full details on the BBC news link via the Read more
"Miss Moyana was said to have fundamentally breached the relationship between nurse and patient with deficiencies in care being directly responsible for causing the deaths of two patients. The panel referred to her "underlying callous, deep-seated attitude". Read More
28th July 2015, 9:24am
View the full report and recommendations from the Independent Review undertaken by Dr Margaret Flynn.
See other organisations responses to the publication:
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
"The report describes very poor, unacceptable care to vulnerable elderly people and identifies people who suffered very serious neglect. It explains the impact this has had upon their relatives and the on going distress they have endured". Read More
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
“I would like to pay tribute to the dignified way in which the families have fought to ensure that the pain and suffering endured by their loved ones will not be experienced by others and that there is true accountability across the care home system, including for those who provide or own care services.” Read More
Care Council for Wales
"The Care Council for Wales welcomes the publication of the Flynn Report and the fact that the experiences of the relatives of those who lived in the homes investigated as part of Operation Jasmine have now been made public. Thanks to the work of Dr Flynn the report provides a stark description of the impact of poor negligent care and it will be the duty of all involved in care to ensure that the lessons identified in the report inform the development of the quality of care provided to older people in Wales". Read More
Commenting on the publication of the report ‘In Search of Accountability’ by Dr Margaret Flynn, Age Cymru’s Chief Executive, Ian Thomas, says:
“The abuse of older people in any way shape or form is totally unacceptable and Age Cymru welcomes the publication of this report and its recommendations". Read More
22nd July 2015, 9:16am
Retired nurses are improving care home residents' lives
Voice your opinion about your nursing or residential home. Volunteers, mainly nurses, are drawn from the local NHS Retirement Fellowship. They support 3,500 residents in 101 nursing and residential homes through face-to-face meetings where they can talk in private about their nursing home. Where patients are unable to communicate, relatives are given the opportunity for a confidential discussion.
14th July 2015 5.30pm Independent Review published
The Report undertaken by Dr Margaret Flynn was published today. It is a very thorough and hard hitting report where all agencies involved in Operation Jasmine have cause to rethink their approach to the protection and care of the elderly. Hopefully this report will be a catalyst for positive change.
We welcome the announcement of the Independent Review, we would have preferred a Public Inquiry on the basis it would have been more open, transparent process, allowing those involved fully to air their concerns and also ensuring that those responsible are publicly held to account, but this we felt would have taken a long period of time compared to an Independent Review, which could possibly still fulfil all our aims and of course much sooner. Indeed, in the future if, for example, the results of the Independent Review are disappointing and /or do not result in exposing the full truth concerning the events at the homes and/or exposing those who were responsible , it might in those circumstances still be appropriate and possible for Justice for Jasmine to push for a Public Inquiry. This is a record of the whole session and the part relating to Operation Jasmine is at 4.15pm Column 129WH as the start point.
Nick Smith MP for Blaenau Gwent led the debate on the conduct and outcome of Operation Jasmine into care home abuse. For full details please use the link below and navigate down the document to the debate which starts at 4.15pm.