Lincoln man accused of punching his dying father gets apology and £2,500
A son accused of punching his dying father has received an apology and £2,500 in compensation after he was stopped from seeing him in hospital.
Lal Joshi, from Carholme Road, was prevented from caring for his ailing dad in August 2010, following an allegation he punched his father, Dhani, at Park View Care Home, Lincoln.
Social services then took the decision to stop Mr Joshi from caring for his father, who suffered from dementia and a form of Parkinson's disease.
His father died following a chest infection on August 29, 2010. He was 83.
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However, Lincolnshire Police said Mr Joshi had no case to answer and closed the case in November 2010.
Lincolnshire County Council has now been ordered to pay Mr Joshi £2,500 in compensation and told to send him a letter of apology.
Speaking exclusively to the Echo, Mr Joshi, said: "I took early retirement to care for my sick dad in Monks Road.
"I sacrificed three years of my social and family life to live with him. I did everything for him because he needed 24-hour assistance.
"I fed him, gave him medicine, did his washing and housework and even slept in the same room as him. He was extremely ill and I did what I felt was right."
In July 2010, Mr Joshi flew to his native India for three weeks. During that time, his father stayed at the Park View Care Home, a residential centre for the elderly that closed last year.
It was soon after his return that the allegation was made by a member of staff at the home and Mr Joshi was stopped from either taking his father home or visiting him.
"I couldn't believe it when I was told I couldn't take my father home," said Mr Joshi, a retired engineer.
"I was heartbroken. Of course I didn't punch my father. The care worker walked in as my father was crying because I was leaving the care home for the day. I was shaking his hand.
"I don't know why the ridiculous allegation was made. It was perhaps because I often complained about the treatment he was receiving."
In an "act of desperation" Mr Joshi spent £4,600 to obtain a court order to see his father.
After visiting him for half an hour on August 27 and an hour on August 28, his father died a day later.
Mr Joshi said: "I think the way the council dealt with this was disgusting.
"They have to make sure they have the facts right before they impact on someone's life like they have mine. I had to fight the council on this. But I am pleased I have finally cleared my name."
Councillor Graham Marsh, the council's executive member for adult services, said: "In 2010 the Ombudsman considered Mr Joshi's concerns – and ruled that the county council were right to initiate safeguarding procedures into allegations surrounding Mr Joshi's vulnerable father.
"The sole element of these procedures which was not endorsed by the Ombudsman was where we prevented Mr Joshi from visiting his father in hospital. The authority acknowledged that a better course of action would have been to facilitate supervised visits.
"The Head of Safeguarding has been in regular contact with Mr Joshi and supported a resolution to his concerns. In consequence of that, an additional goodwill gesture was agreed which meant the council has since written off £1,247 in care home fees."