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Nursing home report handed over
Rosepark Nursing Home
The fire happened at Rosepark Nursing Home in January 2004
A report on a fire which killed 14 elderly care home residents has been handed to the Crown Office.

The blaze at Rosepark Nursing Home in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, happened in January 2004.

Ten victims were killed as smoke engulfed the upper floor of the home, while four more died in hospital.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The report is substantial and will now be considered in detail by Crown counsel."

The report will be used as a basis for deciding whether any legal action should be taken in connection with the fire.

Sprinkler systems

The spokesman said: "Crown counsel will issue instructions as to the appropriate further procedure to be taken in this investigation.

"The next of kin have been, and will continue to be, kept informed."

In the aftermath of the fire, Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson announced that the country's 1,800 care homes for the elderly were to be checked by fire brigades.

The Scottish Executive also wants all new and converted care homes fitted with sprinkler systems.

A subsequent report by the Care Commission found that almost half of Scotland's care homes fell short of at least one of the national standards, one area of which is fire prevention.


SEE ALSO:
Increase in fire deaths recorded
17 Dec 04 |  Scotland
Warning over care home standards
20 Sep 04 |  Scotland
Care homes 'need funds increase'
14 Sep 04 |  Scotland
Elderly care provision concerns
08 Jul 04 |  Scotland
Care homes issued safety warnings
19 May 04 |  Scotland


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