Wheelchair-bound man dies from burns in bath

Joseph Hobbin passed away at St John's Hospital. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Joseph Hobbin passed away at St John's Hospital. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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AN investigation has been launched after a wheelchair-bound man died from burns suffered in a bath at his home.

Joseph Hobbin, 60, passed away in St John’s Hospital in Livingston last month, a fortnight after the incident at his Haddington home where he had been receiving care.

Mr Hobbin is alleged to have suffered burns to his legs while in a bath on June 26.

He was subsequently taken to hospital and died from his injuries on July 10.

It is understood Mr Hobbin suffered limited mobility and communication skills. He also suffered from epilepsy.

Mr Hobbin had received care for 16 years from ARK Housing Association, a city-based support organisation that employs more than 800 staff and works across 13 local authorities in Scotland.

The case is being investigated by police, the procurator fiscal, and health and care agencies.

ARK has carried out its own internal review. Chief executive Jane Gray said the organisation had informed the appropriate authorities, as it would with any serious accident involving its services.

She said: “We offer our sympathies and condolences to his family.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police have submitted a report to the procurator fiscal and an investigation is ongoing in conjunction with the procurator fiscal, the Health and Safety Executive and the Care Inspectorate.

A Crown Office spokesman confirmed it had received a report on July 1 into the death and that the circumstances were being investigated.

A spokesman for the Care Inspectorate described it as a tragic case, adding: “Every person has the right to care that reflects their needs and promotes their rights.”