Kathie Griffiths reports:
A probe was under way last night after highly-confidential medical files and records were found dumped in the grounds of an abandoned nursing home in Bradford.
Among the personal information scattered in piles of rubbish at The Knoll at Thackley were care plans, detailed health assessments and poignant photos of residents who had lived there until its sudden closure in 2008.
When Bradford District Safeguarding Adults Board shut the home down because of “risks to residents”, a total of 27 residents – some bedridden, confused and suffering from dementia – had to be transferred to several other homes.
The recovered records, believed to have been dumped by vandals and thieves who have ransacked the home, are now being stored safely by ward Councillor Jeanette Sunderland. She was alerted by residents fed up of living next door to the run-down home.
Coun Sunderland (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley) has now reported the home’s Leeds-based owners ADL to nursing home and data protection watchdogs calling for action.
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