Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Probe ordered into 'rat attack' on pensioner

An investigation has been ordered into how a pensioner died after being bit by a rat up to 50 times as she slept in a care home.

File pictures of rats. Credit: PA

Bed-bound Pamela Hudson was found covered in blood with multiple wounds to her face, body and arms in June.

The 75-year-old, who was living at the council-run Glen Lodge in York, was transferred to a different home but died three months later.

Her family believe the rat bit her so severely as it got trapped in her bed.

Glen Lodge care home in York where the incident took place. Credit: SWNS

Mrs Hudson's daughter Jan Derry told The Sun: "You could see she had been gnawed.

"Her left elbow had been ripped open by the rat's teeth and there were dozens of teeth marks along her arm.

"She had bites all over both her hands, some on her chest and even on her nose. There were probably about 50 bites."

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said an investigation would be launched in the coming days. Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt said the government had ordered an investigation into Mrs Hudson's case.

The pictures [of Mrs Hudson] are appalling and show the suffering of a vulnerable woman who, along with her family, was stripped of her dignity and badly let down. Working across government, ministers are ordering an investigation which will be launched in the coming days. Whatever the sort of social care provider, patients have a right to expect the highest standards, and that is what we are determined to secure.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Earlier this week, City of York Council said it had investigated the incident but been unable to determine the exact circumstances of how Mrs Hudson's injuries occurred.