Her home care provider, Carefirst24 in Sutton, south London, was shut down after a raid by the UK Border Agency, reports the BBC. Surrey County Council said Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board was investigating “this tragic event”.
Gloria Foster was taken into Epsom Hospital nearly two weeks ago after being found at her home in Banstead and died on Monday. Her MP, Conservative Crispin Blunt, has described her ordeal as “horrific”.
“I am very sorry to hear that Mrs Foster has now, sadly, passed away,” he said. “Clearly there are questions to answer and I would expect a comprehensive investigation between all of the agencies involved. I said last week that I would certainly not like to pre-judge any more of the narrative before it is formally established. Yesterday’s desperately sad developments can only increase the salience of that need.”
Carefirst24 was raided by UKBA as part of an investigation into suspected illegal workers and fraud, and six people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to assist foreign nationals.
A spokeswoman for the county council said on Tuesday: “We are very sad to hear about Mrs Foster’s death and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.The safety of vulnerable adults is our top priority, which is why this tragic event is already being urgently looked at by the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board.”
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