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CITY AGREES TO FULL CARE ASSESSMENT OF EPILEPTIC WOMAN

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An epileptic woman desperate for help from Coventry City Council was today given fresh hope after a hearing at the ...
An epileptic woman desperate for help from Coventry City Council was today given fresh hope after a hearing at the High Court.

Nimco Ahmed, 22, of Pensilva Way, Coventry, lives with her mother, Hinda, and her eight brothers and sisters in a rented house in the city.

Ms Ahmed has been assessed by the local authority as being 'unable to care for herself' and needs, therefore, 'support and assistance from her mother with all personal and domestic tasks'.

In June 2005, solicitors wrote on her behalf to the council requesting a full assessment of her needs.

Ian Wise, acting on behalf of Ms Ahmed's mother, Hinda, today told Mr Justice Stanley Burnton that Coventry had failed to provide a 'lawful assessment or care plan' for the 'disabled' woman.

And Ms Ahmed today won the first round of her battle with the local authority after the two sides reached agreement that the council will now 'complete and send a carers assessment' by September 15 this year.

Mr Wise said Ms Ahmed is 'severely disabled' and suffers 'three or four' epileptic fits per day. She also has 'pronounced cognitive problems which make her dependent on others for all her self-care functions and daily activities'.

Her mother has to shower her, prepare all her food and provide her with 'constant care'. Ms Ahmed cannot manage stairs on her own and needs to sleep downstairs, counsel told the court.

The barrister added that the council was 'under a duty' to assess the needs of both Ms Ahmed and her mother under the Disabled Persons Act and the Carers and Disabled Children Act - describing the council's actions so far as a 'breach of duty'.

Hinda Ahmed's application for judicial review has been adjourned pending the outcome of the care assessment.

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