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'Disgust' at hospital failings

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.

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'Catalogue of hospital failings' uncovered by legal action

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.

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