Husband of Labour MP got poor care and died neglected under UK national healthcare

by 1389 on December 5, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), medical, the left, UK

Socialized medicine is no medicine at all – not even for the socialists themselves.

MP Ann Clwyd and Owen Roberts

Says citizen_q:

These stories about the NHS failures in the UK really push my buttons. The people pushing to nationalize our healthcare admire the NHS. I like how the hospital offered to investigate after the patient died. It sounds to me like the disingenuous calls by comrade zero and klinton after Benghazi.

Investigations don’t bring back the dead.

My husband died like a battery hen, frightened, cold and ignored by hospital staff: MP’s tearful attack on NHS care

A senior MP broke down in tears yesterday as she condemned the ‘coldness, indifference and contempt’ of nurses she blames for her husband’s death.

Ann Clwyd said her beloved Owen Roberts died ‘like a battery hen’ after her repeated pleas for NHS nurses to help him were ‘brushed aside’.

Miss Clwyd, a Labour MP for 28 years, sobbed as she revealed she has nightmares over the way Mr Roberts died six weeks ago ‘from the cold and from people who didn’t care’.

At one stage, she said, her 6ft 2in husband was ‘squashed up against the iron bars of the bed’ and nurses cried ‘anybody for breakfast’ at the very moment that he passed away.

Her excoriating verdict on the NHS came as the chief nursing officer for England called for more compassion in hospitals. Jane Cummings said such values should be ‘embedded’ in public health care.

Miss Clwyd’s husband, a former head of news and current affairs at BBC Wales and an ITV executive, had multiple sclerosis and died, aged 73, on October 23 this year at University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff.

She said he had hospital-induced pneumonia and nurses did not keep him warm or care for him.

The day before he died, she visited him from 2.30pm to 10.30pm, and wrote in a text message to a friend at 10.59pm: ‘No doctor has been to see him since this morning. Very few nurses around either. Not very happy with the set up.’ At 5am the next day she was called in and found her husband wearing an oxygen mask.

In an emotional interview on Radio 4’s The World at One, Miss Clwyd said: ‘He didn’t have any clothes over him, he was half-covered by two, very thin, inadequate sheets, his feet were sticking out of the bed at an angle, and he was extremely cold. I tried to cover him with a towel.

‘He was very distressed and totally aware of his situation and, although unable to speak because of the oxygen mask, he made it clear he was cold and wanted to come home. Well, a few hours later, he died.’

The 75-year-old MP for Cynon Valley claimed she had seen a nurses’ round only ‘once’ during her entire eight-hour visit the day before his death.

She said: ‘I kept asking people. I would go into the corridor and there were just no nurses around. I stopped one nurse in the corridor and asked her why he wasn’t in intensive care. She said, “There are lots of people worse than him”, and she walked on. I previously stopped another nurse and asked when a doctor had last seen him, and I was just brushed aside, and told a doctor had been to the floor but had not seen my husband, but she said, “We know what to do.”

‘Well I feel that “we know what to do” meant “do nothing”.’
Last night the hospital’s executive director of nursing, Ruth Walker, said staff had offered to meet Miss Clwyd so that a formal investigation could begin. ‘We take such matters extremely seriously,’ she said.

‘We will not tolerate poor care which is why it is so important that each incident is fully investigated so that we can drive up standards and provide patients and their families with the quality of care they need and deserve.’

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1 Edward Spalton December 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Another Labour MP, the highly respected Frank Field, wrote of the neglect suffered by his mother who was not being fed properly in hospital although meals were being delivered to her bed.
He said that he did not like to complain BECAUSE THE NURSES MIGHT TAKE IT OUT ON HIS MOTHER, IF HE DID. I would have thought that a Member of Parliament was in a position to make an effective complaint which would be noticed , if anybody is.

Parts of the National Health Service are really excellent. I have experienced it in our local hospital (Derby Royal) as have relatives. Much, I guess is good but when it is bad, you are stuck with the reality of a monopoly supplier.

Whilst there may well be shortages of staff, most of the complaints boil down to sheer lack of common humanity by nursing staff, who seem to have become box ticking automata.

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