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Avoid disgraceful elderly care and neglect in the NHS with PMI

Published on 09/11/2011

A new report published by the Patient Association has highlighted 16 cases of alarming levels of care elderly patients received in NHS hospitals in England, a problem which could be avoided with private medical insurance (PMI).

The report reveals that in York District Hospital, nurses took 15 minutes to respond to a patient who pressed his emergency button as he was left “gasping for life”.

In Chase Farm Hospital in London, a pensioner was told to soil his clothes by a nurse who did not have time to take him to the toilet.

In Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, a patient was left without blankets or a pillow and told to eat ice cream with his fingers because there were no spoons.

Other cases include a patient spilling boiling soup over her legs and scalding herself after a nurse insisted she was too busy to help, and a man who had to forcibly refuse an injection after a mix-up with his notes.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said:

"The Patients Association is right to raise these examples and issues, and we will work with them and with the NHS to sort these problems out."

This report comes after the Care Quality Commission attacked NHS hospitals for unacceptable levels of elderly care.

The Patients Association said that since January it had received 961 calls reporting neglect, a 37 per cent increase on the same period in 2010.

With £20 billion in NHS efficiency savings demanded by the Government, there are fears that the problem will only get worse if hospitals allow numbers of front line staff to decrease.

With private medical insurance, you will avoid the impact of the NHS cuts and be treated in a private hospital of your choice.

Only a mile away from York District Hospital lies Nuffield Health York Hospital. The Nuffield Hospital York is a brand new hospital opened in 2004, with ensuite private rooms and up to date technology and equipment.

BMI The Cavell Hospital is a private hospital situated in Middlesex, not far from Chase Farm Hospital. Over 90 per cent of patients treated at this hospital rated the nursing care either good, very good or excellent, and would recommend it to a friend.

Use our free searchable hospital database to find a private hospital near you, or compare health insurance policies online now.

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