A healthcare assistant who left a note on a patient’s bed attacking cost cuts came under the media spotlight.
Brenda Nixon said she wrote the note in anger after hearing five beds at Haywood Hospital in Staffordshire, were earmarked for terminally ill patients with the implication they would only be staying for 48 hours.
Ms Nixon wrote a note, saying: “They come in here nearly dead. Hopefully they will not last more than two days. We are not allowed to help. It is the credit crunch.”
The note was found by the son of a stroke victim. Ms Nixon, who was suspended over the incident and has since retired, told newspapers she did not regret writing the note but had not intended it to be read. “I was angry at the way it was being said that they [patients] had two days to live,” she said.