Following a brutal attack 4 weeks ago, great-grandmother, Emma Winnall has died in a Birmingham hospital. The arrest and later release on bail of her 'carer' begs the question - What is the state of the care provided for the British elderly?
British online newspaper, the Guardian reports on her death from her injuries.Four weeks after being brutally attacked in her bed, pensioner Emma Winnall, from Moseley, Birmingham, died early Tuesday morning from the severity of the battering inflicted upon her. Her attackers left the defenseless 93-year-old with a fractured skull, broken arm and wrist and a partially severed finger.
Although The Telegraph reports that “Mrs Winnall's carer, 56, and the carer's son, 28, were arrested on May 17 in a dawn raid”. The Independent and The Guardian state that they have been released on bail and will answer charges in July.
The shocking case classed as ‘still alive’ has now turned into a murder inquiry. The Guardian quotes Superintendent Richard Baker, head of major crime for West Midlands Police as saying that
given the extent of Emma's injuries, combined with her age and vulnerability, this investigation has always been treated with the same level of seriousness as a murder investigation.
Although this is a particularly shocking attack Mailonline reports that thousands of elderly people are being attacked and abused by those who are supposed to be 'carers.' Sky News also presents an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) that has discovered failures in the care system by those who are hired to attend to weaker members of the elderly British public, including fundamental failures in basic care needs such as washing, dressing and eating.
One of the reported findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s formal review of human rights in England and Wales, May 30, 2012, is thatthe government could do more to protect the human rights of some people – including those using care services.