TV agony aunt Claire Rayner has said the way some NHS nurses treat elderly patients in their care is ‘cruel’ and ‘demeaning’.
In a report from the Patients Association, of which Ms Rayner is president, she called for “bad” nurses to be struck off the medical register and said it was “sickening” to see the changes to some parts of the profession.
Cases of people left lying in their own faeces and urine were revealed in the report and other patients having call bells taken away from them and being left without food or drink.
Ms Rayner said: “For far too long now, the Patients Association has been receiving calls on our helpline from people wanting to talk about the dreadful, neglectful, demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel treatment their elderly relatives had experienced at the hands of NHS nurses.”
Before the report was published the Patients Association received contact from one hospital that threatened it with legal action if it chose to publish the material.
The report relates to just 16 stories from relatives of patients in England, but the group said it has hundreds of others on its database from patients and their relatives who say they have been badly treated by the NHS.