In Dorset a woman has been billed for £3,000 because her father negligently failed to give his care home 28 days’ notice of his own death. Full story in the Daily Mail here.
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The loaded wagon trains are groaning out of Dorchester, Weymouth etc loaded with people over the age of 65 who realise they can’t necessarily give a month’s notice of their death. Who wants to live in a county where the authorities think they can apply a financial penalty for human mortality?
Beyond belief. One could feel sorry for the Council if it were an isolated error, say, over the phone, because the adverse publicity will be dreadful – but it’s obviously policy. Written into T&Cs. Identified in revolting official letters that open with a totally meaningless formality and..no point in going on, is there?
That is just awful. I wouldn’t be surprised if the bad publicity costs them far more than £3,000
If only this were an isolated case! Sadly, I don’t think it is.
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