A 94-year-old grandmother died after NHS medics sent her home because she was ‘too old’ for an operation on a varicose vein.
Cynthia Butcher, from Aveley in Essex, was referred by her GP to A&E with a note warning a golf-ball size lump on her leg ‘may bleed catastrophically imminently’.
But the great-grandmother was turned away from Basildon Hospital by doctors who said they could not perform the procedure because she was ‘over 70,’ reports The Mirror.
Mrs Butcher was sent back to her sheltered accommodation and called for help when the lump then burst – but paramedics could not get to her because a warden was not on duty at the time.
And then there’s this:
Four healthcare professionals have been arrested over allegations of mistreatment and neglect at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Last November, Lancashire Police were asked by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to investigate alleged incidents in their stroke unit.
One suspected allegation is patients were wrongly administered with prescription-only ‘zombie’ sedation drug Zopiclone, to make them sleepy.