Thursday, 27 August 2009

Nurses 'left elderly patients lying in urine'

NHS nurses will be criticised today for their cruel and demeaning treatment of more than a dozen elderly patients.

A report published by the Patients Association, a health watchdog, records 16 incidents of people left lying in their own faeces and urine, having call bells taken away from them and being left without food or drink.

One former nurse told of the substandard care she received as a patient, describing her experience as “scary”.

The Patients Association said one hospital had threatened it with legal action if it chose to publish the material, but added that there was a “striking similarity between many of the cases — nearly all of them centre on concerns over basic nursing and domiciliary care.”
Source: The Times