Tayside and Central Scotland

Angus Council staff dismissed over woman's death

Alarm system with red button
Image caption The family said Yvonne Carrie had activated the alarm twice on the night she died

A local authority has dismissed three members of staff after an elderly woman was found dead in her home in October.

Angus Council launched an investigation after Yvonne Carrie's family claimed she twice activated her community alarm but no-one had gone to help her.

The 74-year became ill at her home in the village of Inveraldie, near Dundee. She was found the following morning by her carer.

It is thought she died from a lung condition.

Mrs Carrie had a community alarm that was monitored by an Angus Council control room in nearby Kirriemuir.

If the alarm is activated, staff are supposed to contact a member of the family or the emergency services.

'Unreserved apology'

The family has said when they contacted the alarm team to inform them of Mrs Carrie's death, they were told she had activated her alarm twice on the night she had died.

Angus Council suspended four members of staff after the incident.

A spokeswoman said: "The council can confirm that the inquiry is ongoing. Of the four members of staff who were suspended, three have been dismissed and one has returned to duty.

"This information should have been shared with Mrs Carrie's family before being made public and the council has made an unreserved apology to the family for this error.

"The council will ensure that the family is kept informed as the inquiry continues and, as previously agreed, the director of social work & health will meet with them at its conclusion."

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