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".
Northampton Saints players have been out on the rounds of a hospital ward to help spread some Christmas cheer. The team face Harlequins in the Premiership tomorrow, but they took time out from preparing for that clash to see patients on the children's ward at Northampton General Hospital.
They came bearing lots of gifts for those who won't be spending Christmas at home. Saints say they're expecting a tough game tomorrow.
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Staff at Birmingham City Hospital hope that one of the four wards closed after an outbreak of Norovirus will reopen today.
The remaining wards should open by the end of next week, with visitors allowed back at the same time.
Between the 3rd and 4th December this is the number of wards closed due to the virus.
Number of wards closed (and wards affected in brackets)
Birmingham: 5 (5)
Black Country: 3 (11)
Staffordshire: 13 (14)
Arden: 5 (8)
West Mercia: 5 (11)
West Midlands: 31 (49)
Birmingham City Hospital remains closed to visitors today after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus. Four wards are closed, one is due to open on Monday and visitors should be allowed from the end of next week.
There are some exceptions to the no visitor rule, including the maternity ward.
Birmingham City Hospital has closed three wards in a bid to stem the growing number of people infected with the winter vomiting bug.
The wards have been closed due to the norovirus infection.
Recent figures from the Health Protection Agency show that more than three quarters of a million people could be affected by the norovirus outbreak.
Symptoms to watch out for are sickness and diarrhoea.
Prince Charles has been in the region to visit military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Staff and patients gathered to catch a glimpse of the Prince before he went to the military ward to carry out private visits.
He comes every year just before Christmas, bringing presents for servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan. Hospital staff say his visits help to boost morale.
Patients at Leicester's Children's Hospital have been meeting their local rugby heroes.
Leicester Tiger players spent the afternoon at the Royal and Children's Cardiac wards at Glenfield Hospital handing out gifts, signing autographs and spreading a little festive cheer.
Prince Charles is at the queen Elizabeth hospital to visit injured servicemen and women. He has brought presents for soldiers.
The Prince of Wales is a regular visitor to the hospital which treats injured service personnel.
HRH visits the hospital twice a year, usually in the summer and at Christmas. Staff say his visits help boost morale for men and women returning from Afghanistan with injuries.