- Elderly patients are being left hungry at mealtimes, whistleblowers revealed
- Other patients are moved to different wards during the middle of the night
- Some are being washed at 4.30am because staff can’t do it during the day
Hospital patients are being woken at 4.30am to be washed because staff have no time to care for them during the day, NHS whistleblowers have revealed.
The elderly are left hungry at mealtimes as no one has time to help them eat, while others are moved to different wards in the middle of the night.
The reports were made to the Care Quality Commission confidential whistleblowing helpline. Charity Age UK called them ‘profoundly dispiriting’ and said they highlighted ‘basic’ failings in care.
In one hospital, newly-qualified junior doctors were doing ward rounds instead of consultants. At another, whistleblowers revealed there were only four nurses for a ward of 46 patients.
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