A woman in her 80s has died after being left without care following a raid on the company that had been looking after her at home. Gloria Foster died in hospital after suffering from dehydration and starvation after being left alone for nine days. Paul Brand explains what happened.
Ann Penston, a friend of Gloria Foster who died after her care agency was closed down, says she wants to know how the tragedy happened.
The UK Border Agency said they had warned both Sutton and Surrey councils of their plans to shut down Carefirst 24, a nursing agency responsible for the care of elderly pensioner Gloria Foster.
Mrs Foster, in her 80s, was being looked after by the company and depended on staff for all of her medication, food and drink.
Six people were arrested following an investigation by the UK Border Agency and police into suspected assistance of illegal workers and fraud at Carefirst 24. A UK Border Agency spokesperson said:
Our thoughts are with Mrs Foster’s family at this difficult time.
We worked closely with Sutton and Surrey councils before the operation so they could put plans in place for anyone who would be affected by it.
Surrey County Council said an "urgent" investigation is already underway following the death of a pensioner after her nursing care was cut off.
Surrey County Council was responsible for replacing Gloria Foster's nursing care after a police raid closed down the Sutton-based company, Carefirst 24, which had looked after her.
A county council spokesperson said:
We're very sad to hear about Mrs Foster's death, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.
The safety of vulnerable adults is our top priority, which is why this tragic event is already being urgently looked at by the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board.
A widow who was left to starve after her nursing care was cut off has died in hospital.
Gloria Foster's nursing agency was shut down by immigration police on January 15, and she died after going nine days without the four daily visits she was supposed to receive, according to the Sutton Guardian.