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This article was published on June 4th, 2014
Scunthorpe General hospital, which is part of the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (currently in special measures), has been under fire following reports that a vulnerable patient was left without food or water for two days on a busy ward.
The incident was raised following the discovery that a patient with learning difficulties had received poor care and it is not know if it was down to poor staffing levels or poor communication at staff shift changeovers. An internal investigation has been launched which comes at a crucial time as the CQC were due to visit to carry out checks following their special measure status last year.
Trust director of clinical and quality assurance, Wendy Booth, said: “We are sorry for any distress caused to the patient and their family. The trust takes incidents such as this very seriously and a full investigation is underway to clarify what happened and why and to ensure we learn any lessons.”
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has produced a report raising concerns about the treatment of vulnerable people which includes the elderly, dementia patients, mental health patients and those with learning disabilities.
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