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Nurses 'too busy' to feed patient

29th January 2013

A senior clinician has claimed nurses neglected to feed an extremely vulnerable patient and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a culture of bullying by managers.

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The staff member, who works at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said both hospitals were "hopelessly mismanaged".

He mentioned the "emaciated" state of a patient who had a broken arm and had suffered a stroke which meant they could not use their other arm, and claimed nurses were "too busy" to feed him.

He said: "With morale being low, naturally this impacts on the patients' experience - it has to - and on patients' treatments."

"I've come across patients who've been treated on the wards appallingly. There is a real lack of care."

Dr Frank Harsent, chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I am disappointed that this individual feels that the best way to highlight their concerns about our organisation is to approach the media."

"The fact that they choose to remain anonymous leaves me in the position of having to defend allegations on a broad range of issues without having specific details."

Tanya Palmer from the trade union Unison agreed with the anonymous consultant's claims and said they had talked to people in senior positions who were "asked to do things above and beyond their remit...and [told] not to complain...this is not a healthy workplace".


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