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Health minister Ben Bradshaw criticises Lord Mancroft's slur on nurses

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Health minister Ben Bradshaw has written to a national newspaper criticising Conservative peer Lord Mancroft’s attack on nurses as ‘grubby’, ‘drunken’ and ‘promiscuous’ in the House of Lords.
Lord Mancroft was referring to a stay in Bath Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, where he accused nurses of talking about their social lives while treating him.

In a letter to the Independent, Mr Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, said Lord Mancroft should have complained directly to the hospital instead of venting his anger in a debate at the Lords.

He added: ‘If Lord Mancroft had been dissatisfied by its response, he could have taken his complaint to the Healthcare Commission – and ultimately to the ombudsman.

‘Instead he used the platform the Lords gives him to make sweeping and derogatory comments. That was the very kind of discourtesy of which he is accusing the nurses who cared for him.’
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