Five medical professionals at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have been named and charged following a major investigation into allegations of patient abuse.
Lancashire Police said the three nurses and two health care assistants will appear in court over alleged offenses committed in the stroke unit. Police were contacted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in November 2018 after concerns were raised about the care provided to a number of patients.
After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, the five will appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday May 31. They are charged with various offenses in August 2014 and November 2018, including ill-treatment related to the unlawful sedation of patients, conspiracies to ill-treat, and theft and supply of drugs.
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Detectives say this investigation is not linked to a 51-year-old man charged in December 2021 with a number of sexual assaults at the hospital. The investigation into the murder of Valerie Kneale in the stroke unit continues.
The five people charged are:
Catherine Hudson52, of Coriander Close, Blackpool, is charged with seven offenses of carer willfully abusing/neglecting an individual, eight offenses of conspiracy to rob an employer, one offense of theft by an employee and one offense of embezzlement of Justice.
Charlotte Wilmot, 47, of Bowland Crescent, Blackpool, is charged with abetting / aiding in the commission of an offense in the belief that it will be committed. This is to encourage a nurse to put a patient to sleep. She is also charged with one offense of conspiracy to abuse a patient and four offenses of conspiracy to rob her employer.
Matthew Pover39, of Bearwood Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, is charged with an offense of conspiracy to rob an employer, an offense of theft by an employee, an offense of supplying a class C drug and an offense of offering to supply a class C drug.
Victoria Holehouse31, of Riverside Drive, Hambleton, is charged with two offenses of conspiracy to steal from his employer.
Marek Grabianowski45, of Montpelier Avenue, Bispham, is charged with three offenses of conspiring to steal from his employer and one offense of perverting the course of justice.
Det Ch Insp Jill Johnston, leading the inquiry, said: ‘This is a complex investigation into allegations of unlawful sedation and ill-treatment of patients at Blackpool Stroke Unit over several years. Patient and public safety remains our top priority and this inquiry investigated the care provided to people who are often elderly and vulnerable.
“Everyone needs to be safe in hospital, receive the care they need, and be treated with dignity and respect. Our investigation is ongoing and we continue to provide support to the many families affected. I encourage anyone with information to contact the Trust Investigation Team and someone from the team will get back to you.
Anyone with information can contact the investigation team at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020118W07-PO1 or by calling 101 quoting log 0612 of May 4. Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
In a statement, Pete Murphy, executive director of nursing, midwifery, AHP and quality at Blackpool University Hospitals, said: ‘Our thoughts remain firmly with all the families involved and connected to the case, which has been going on for a significant period of time. The Trust has fully cooperated with its police colleagues throughout and continues to do so. Above all, we remain committed to finding the truth and again urge anyone with information to come forward and tell the police what they know.
“We will be supporting our colleagues across the Trust to help them deal with this extremely upsetting news and in the meantime I want to reassure our patients and their families that everything possible has been done and continues to be reviewed to ensure safety. patients and families. should be reassured about the quality of care in our hospital and community settings.”