A healthcare assistant at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital has been found to have dragged an elderly dementia patient around by his pyjamas and to have called him an animal.
Bonka Kostova was found to have physically and verbally abused the 73-year-old patient including telling him "you are no longer a human being but an animal" - or words to that effect.
Kostova was suspended from working at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust pending today's tribunal at the Midwifery Council in central London.
A public inquiry has blamed a failure 'at every level' of the NHS for the abuses at Stafford Hospital that resulted in hundreds of deaths.
The chair of the inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS made 290 recommendations to prevent the 'disaster' of Stafford Hospital occurring again.
Managers at Stafford Hospital accept that there were problems on some of the wards. But they say it's now one of the best in the country.