A hospital trust will be sentenced on Monday after admitting patient safety failings over the death of a severely disabled man.
Grieving mother Gill Flack, of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, said Basildon University Hospital was the “worst place” for her 20-year-old quadriplegic son Kyle, who was asphyxiated in October 2006, after getting his head stuck in bed railings.
She called on health chiefs to be held accountable following a court hearing in February this year.
Hospital bosses admitted breaching health and safety law by failing to ensure that patients were not exposed to risk after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a result of Mr Flack’s death.
The HSE told magistrates in Basildon, Essex, that the hospital ignored previous safety warnings.
A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found poor hygiene and care standards at the hospital.
Mr Flack died at the hospital on 12 October 2006, two days after being admitted with stomach problems.
Ms Flack, a specialist foster carer who adopted her son when he was two, criticised care standards and said the hospital struggled to cope with patients who had complicated needs.
The trust said action had been taken since Mr Flack’s death to improve the management of equipment and the care of patients with special needs.
The sentencing of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust is due to take place from 11am at Basildon Crown Court.