Police Probe 'Unsafe' Hospital

POLICE are investigating reports of neglect and abuse of patients at an NHS hospital.


A 37-year-old woman staff member has been arrested and officers are talking to other workers, patients and relatives.

They acted on information from the Care Quality Commission, which started an inquiry at the Pilgrim Hospital at Boston, Lincs, this year.

It raised concerns that patients suffered dehydration and malnutrition and were not being checked properly by staff.

Workers voiced fears about staff levels and the quality of operating theatre staff. Last year the hospital was named as one of 25 NHS trusts with a very high avoidable death rate.

Fears for patient safety flared two weeks ago after 100 student nurses and midwives were withdrawn by the Nursing and Midwifery Council following talks with commission officials.

The NMC said "concerns" had been raised at the talks but refused to go into detail.

Pilgrim Hospital

The hospital is investigating the death of one patient, Brian Smith, 73. His widow Margaret said she had to try to revive him herself when he collapsed in his bed. Mrs Smith, of Chapel St Leonards, said: "I turned to the doorway and called for help."

"There was someone in a white coat who I believe was a doctor standing outside. She just ignored me and carried on writing up some notes. I began breathing into Brian's mouth."

A doctor finally came and tried to revive Mr Smith but by that time he was dead.

The Care Quality Commission started an inquiry at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs, this year.

Mrs Smith said her husband had been denied basic care and drugs to treat his pneumonia.

Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said: "We express our sincere condolences to Mrs Smith and are committed to working with her to resolve any concerns she continues to have."

Source: Express.co.uk

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