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Lack of care contributed to grandmother's death

An inquest has found a lack of care contributed to the death of a 94 year old grandmother.

Molly Darby died four weeks after moving to The Beeches care home in Wath Upon Dearne near Rotherham in 2007. Her family say that within those four weeks she looked like a concentration camp victim.

At Rotherham Magistrates Court Coroner Nicola Mundy said:

I am not convinced the care staff claim to have given to Mrs Darby was in fact provided.

– Coroner Nicola Mundy

She went on to say that although Mrs Darby died of a chest infection she believed:

her nutritional status and mobility, both of which deteriorated at The Beeches, were contributory factors.

– Coroner Nicola Mundy


Inquest - day one

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The family of a 94 year old grandmother who say she looked like a concentration camp victim just weeks after moving into a care home are hoping to find out just what led to her death.

Molly Darby's health deteriorated rapidly during her stay at the home in South Yorkshire and social services inspectors later found the home had been negligent.

An inquest has now begun to determine whether neglect did contribute to her death.

Molly Darby's family arrive at court

The family of a great grandmother from South Yorkshire say they hope an inquest into her death will provide some answers. The inquest opened at Rotherham Magistrates' Court today .

94 year old Molly Darby, who suffered from Alzheimer's, died in 2007 at Barnsley Hospital after spending four weeks at Beeches Care Home in Wath-on-Dearne.

The home denied any wrong-doing but a Rotherham Council Social Services investigation found Beeches to have been "negligent by omission" in its care of the pensioner. Mrs Darby's two sons say their mother looked like "a concentration camp victim" before she died.

Ray and Jim Darby took their fight for an inquest to the then Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, who gave his permission for it to be held to find out whether neglect played any part in Mrs Darby's death.

Since Molly's death, a new company - MHA - has taken over the care home.