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Hospital nurses drugged elderly patients for a quiet night

The son of a one patient raised the alarm over fears patients are given powerful sedatives to make sure ward staff aren’t bothered during the “graveyard shift” at the hospital. Detectives have handed a report to the CPS over criminal charges against nurses at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, South Wales, for allegedly giving sedatives to vulnerable patients without prescription or consent. The hospital is already at the centre of a major police investigation with five nurses charged with falsifying medical records and wilful neglect. Nurses drugging patients without prescription was revealed by a whistle-blowing nurse and has already been admitted in the case of 82-year-old Lillian Williams during a Protection of Vulnerable Adults investigation into her death. Her son Gareth Williams said he was told by nurses, before his mother’s death in August 2012, that elderly patients on her ward were being drugged with powerful sedatives Zopiclone and Temazepam.

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