Police launch formal investigation into starved pensioner Gloria Foster's death

This Is Local London: Gloria Foster (right) with friend Ann Penston Gloria Foster (right) with friend Ann Penston

Police have launched a formal investigation into how a pensioner came to die after being left to starve for nine days.

Banstead woman Gloria Foster, 81, was left without the four daily nursing visits she depended on for nine days after a council-contracted care agency was shut down by immigration police.

She was found badly dehydrated, with severe bed sores and only a faint pulse at her home in Chipstead Road on Thursday, January 24, and died in hospital on Monday, February 4.

Surrey County Council contracted Mrs Foster's care to Sutton-based Carefirst 24. Carefirst 24's Upper Mulgrave Road offices were raided by the UK Border Agency and police and six people were arrested on January 15. Prior to the raid the UKBA met both Surrey County Council and Sutton Council, which also contracted care to Carefirst 24, to tell them to make alternative arrangements for clients. No alternative arrangements were made for Mrs Foster.

Initially police were going to leave the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mrs Foster's death to the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board, an advisory panel made up of bodies including the police and the council, but now Surrey Police has launched an investigation.

A spokesman said: "Concerns surrounding Gloria’s care were raised to Surrey Police at the end of January by staff at the hospital where she died on Monday, 4 February and officers are now looking into the circumstances surrounding her death.

"The Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board has also been convened and they are conducting a parallel investigation."


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11:15am Thu 7 Feb 13

David7 says...

About time, too.
About time, too. David7

2:40pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Michael Pantlin says...

This poor lady should never have been put in the care of people who should not have been here anyway. Heads need to roll, it could be you or me on the sticky end next time.
This poor lady should never have been put in the care of people who should not have been here anyway. Heads need to roll, it could be you or me on the sticky end next time. Michael Pantlin

4:39pm Sun 10 Feb 13

xJulesx says...

This lady didn't get a visit from carefirst due to human error. She died from neglect. Where were her 'friends', family & neighbours for NINE days???? Glad they're not my friends!
This lady didn't get a visit from carefirst due to human error. She died from neglect. Where were her 'friends', family & neighbours for NINE days???? Glad they're not my friends! xJulesx

12:27am Thu 14 Feb 13

Lincolns Liberty says...

Amazing that this poor ladies death has spurred a police investigation on behalf of her friends and relatives, as well as the press involvement.
The fact that this same event happened in 2009 of a young 54 year old mentally disabled person who was given an injection on a Tuesday, which she succumbed too, and was left to die three days later on Friday morning.
Sutton Mental Disabled Social Care Unit told us the police were present at the death, but to our dismay, the police stated that no officer was present.
Therefore this is not a new case for the London Borough of Sutton Social Care Unit who to this day have still carried out a cover-up.
Amazing that this poor ladies death has spurred a police investigation on behalf of her friends and relatives, as well as the press involvement. The fact that this same event happened in 2009 of a young 54 year old mentally disabled person who was given an injection on a Tuesday, which she succumbed too, and was left to die three days later on Friday morning. Sutton Mental Disabled Social Care Unit told us the police were present at the death, but to our dismay, the police stated that no officer was present. Therefore this is not a new case for the London Borough of Sutton Social Care Unit who to this day have still carried out a cover-up. Lincolns Liberty

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