A catalogue of failings uncovered by the mass legal action is one of the worst ever exposed at an NHS hospital, The Sunday Telegraph reported. It included:
- A former nurse whose son said she died after being left unwashed for 11 weeks.
- A 35-year-old father-of-four whose family told how he wasted away.
- A pensioner who was left screaming in pain when his ribs were broken.
- A man who could not feed himself.
- A great-grandmother left permanently unable to walk.
The hospital has paid out £410,000 in 38 separate cases, with the largest settlement at £22,500.
Most are of about £10,000 for each family for the appalling conditions endured by patients from 2002 to November 2011.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he is "disgusted and appalled" at reports of patient neglect at a hospital in Worcestershire. The worst instance of mistreatment at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch was a patient starved to death, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
I am disgusted and appalled to read these accounts of what patients and their relatives went through.
These are examples of the sort of 'care' that should simply not happen in the NHS and there is no excuse for them.
We will be keeping a careful eye on this situation, and will take further action if necessary.
The health trust concerned is writing to 38 families and is to admit its failings in each case, the newspaper said. In a statement, the trust issued an apology over its "shortcomings".
A rally and march took place in Redditch today against proposals which protesters say could see the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch closed or face losing services like A&E and maternity.
Around 500 members of the ‘Save the Alex’ campaign have marched from the Town Hall in protest.
NHS Worcestershire has published six options to save £50 million and reduce its estimated £200 million deficit, which could involve reducing services at several sites in the county.
Chairman of Save the Alex, Neil Stote, says: "a line by line review needs to be made before they make a decision."
A rally and march is under way against proposals which protesters say could seethe Alexandra Hospital in Redditch closed or lose services like A&E andmaternity. Around 500 members of the ‘Save the Alex’ campaign are marching fromthe Town Hall.
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