News Inquests & Public Inquiries 17th Oct 2016

Vivienne Tanchel Defends GP in the Inquest of the Death of Ivy Atkin

Vivienne Tanchel represented a GP in the inquest touching upon the death of Ivy Atkin who died in a care home as a result of wanton neglect. The inquest followed the prosecution of the care home manager for gross negligence manslaughter as well as the company who owned and operated the home.

Ms Atkin weighed under 4 stone at the time of her death in November 2012, which was alleged to have been caused by pneumonia and “appalling neglect”.

The inspection of the care home came after a whistleblower alerted the city council’s safeguarding team. Health inspectors were criticised by the Nottinghamshire Assistant Coroner for “missing opportunities” to uncover conditions at the home.

The issues investigated by the Coroner were wide ranging. Ms Atkin’s tragic death has resulted in significant changes to CQC inspection methodology of care homes.

The Coroner was satisfied that the GP, who Vivienne represented, provided appropriate care.

The case received national coverage – read more here and here.

Vivienne Tanchel was instructed by Nicholas Tennant of the Medical Defence Union.


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