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James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Six staff disciplined over care standards at Norfolk hospital

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Six members of staff have been disciplined over incidents relating “to poor practice regarding care” of older patients at a troubled foundation trust.

The staff were all disciplined in relation to incidents between July and October, according to a statement from James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Hospital spokesman Jon Dack said: “Our aim is to provide the highest quality care for all our patients.

“None of the six sanctions relate to abuse, suspected abuse or neglect of elderly patients however, they do relate to poor practice regarding care.

“The six incidents were reported between July and October 2011 through our own robust systems. You would expect this hospital to take action in those circumstances and we have done so.”

In September, the trust was criticised by the Care Quality Commission for not meeting the nutritional needs of patients and was subsequently issued with a further warning in November.

Its chief executive Wendy Slaney resigned in December. Its chair John Hemming also left in November, following local political pressure over the issues raised by the CQC.

In the same month, Nursing Times revealed that student nurses had been withdrawn from the foundation trust to allow it to concentrate on “clinical audit activity”. The University of East Anglia moved between 12 and 15 pre-registration students from James Paget to alternative placements.

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  • Nurse? DOctors?

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  • The fact that the chief exec and chair left, rings alarm bells to me. Annoymous comment nurse! Doctors! , why ask that. Oh chief exec u should of been more on the ball maybe, then u wouldnt of been so scared if CQC, had to say. Nutrition is a big problem at some hospital trusts. I however want to give positives where it is due, and then other trusts can take a leaf, wigan leigh and wrightington for example make their food fresh at leigh . Its good, fresh, gives good choice and nurses and carers dont serve it, catering staff do and patients can state how much they want, not this card choice for next day. I dont know today what i will fancy tomorrow. Also portion size small is no different to large. I would be tempted in some hospitals to ask for halal menu , purely cos it looks so much more tempting than normal menu . Good nutrition is so important to getting better and supporting the body in repairing itself, I have often found it sad that patients have not eaten for several days before a dietician sees them, and i dont find it acceptable that fortified drinks should become the only answer, some patients become so reliant that they replace food completely with them thinking thats okay, and its not.

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  • "Hospital spokesman Jon Dack said: “Our aim is to provide the highest quality care for all our patients."

    what is the point of having an aim? and what is the point of stating the aim' what is the point of a hospital spokesman?

    hospitals are there to care for patients, ensure their safety and do them no harm and provide them with the best possible quality of care, not just have some vague aim! ... and one they were apparently unable to meet.

    spend money on nurses who can deliver the care and not waste it just on spokesmen who can only talk about their aims!

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