‘A right to compassion’

MY letter goes right to the heart of what we as NHS patients hope to receive when a patient is in one of our NHS hospitals.

But first let’s look at one of the main reasons why the standards have tumbled.

The contractors who built the hospitals are not the only ones that own parts of the hospitals, there are overseas businesses that also own parts of our NHS hospitals.

These have ministers on their pay roll as advisers or even have financial interests in these companies and are waiting for the new NHS policy to be passed through Parliament that could open the floodgates for these companies to cherry pick the best contracts.

I was on two wards in Pinderfields in my latest stay, on both these wards there were three able bodied patients and one patient who could not feed himself without help from staff,

These individuals were left with out any compassion, dignity or care at their predicament.

The orderly who fetched the meals would rush in, put the three courses on the patients’table and rush out, leaving these patients’ hot food and drink to go cold without a care for their care and humanity as sick individuals.

The orderly stated the reason for doing this was, and I quote ‘I have only one minute and two seconds to deliver meals to each patient or they could catch food poisoning.’

For the nursing staff to help feed and give hot drinks to these patients, they have to fit these patients within the shift work they do at the weekend, one nurse to every 18 patients and their needs, which no one person can cope with for any sustained length of time.

Also it demeans the nurses calling of care, dignity, and compation for all patients because of the working conditions emposed on the staff.

No wonder individuals slowly lose compassion for the job and patients over time.

I was treated to medication being promised at the apropriate time, but had to wait for nearly two hours for medication to be administered.

On the final day of my stay in hospital I was to receive my antibiotics before the midday meal. I was told five minutes and I would receive the injection, at 7.30pm the same day I was released without my final injection.

Perhaps if the NHS trust spent more money on staffing shifts properly and not on equipment that just sits in the hospital doing nothing because there is no one qualified to work it, this would mean patients could receive the care, dignity, and compassion they have a right to.

P D ROPER

Little Lane

Purston