British hospital apologizes to familes for appallingly negligent care

Rick Moran
An apology seems insufficient considering the circumstances. Telegraph: Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks. In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was "disgusted and appalled" by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings in care were detected more quickly. Bereaved relatives had told how vulnerable patients were left to starve when trays were placed out of their reach, while others were left in soaking bedsheets. Many of the families are to receive compensation for cases that their lawyer described as "appalling". The hospital is to admit its failings in each case in the...(Read Full Post)

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