Police sorry for failing to tell son of death

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A FAMILY say they have received an apology from a senior policeman after officers failed to inform a bereaved son that his mother had died.

Steven McLean learned of her death during a routine visit four days after she passed away from heart and lung problems at Ferrylee Nursing Home in North Junction Street.

Police Scotland agreed to break the news to Mr McLean but officers failed to reach him at his Warriston flat and didn’t inform the council-run care home that the next of kin was still unaware of the death.

It is understood a detective inspector apologised for the blunder.

Mr McLean said the police had been “sincere” and “sensitive” in the wake of his mother’s death, but claims he will now lodge a complaint with the Care Commission.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police met with the family of a woman who died at a care home to discuss the communication that took place between officers and care home staff in informing next of kin about her death.

“The family were satisfied with the explanation they received in relation to these 
circumstances.”

An Edinburgh City Council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, staff were unable to contact her son as he did not provide a telephone number and had very little contact with the home.

“The police attempted to notify him but were unable to locate him. ”