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Hospital patients 'denied dignity'

27th August 2009

NHS patients are being denied 'basic dignity' in their hospital care, according to a new report.

The Patients Association is encouraging people to get in touch with their stories of poor treatment while under the care of hospital staff in the UK, after it published a report detailing accounts of patients.

Director of the association Katherine Murphy explained that the report revealed 'patients being ... left in soiled bed clothes, being given inadequate food and drink, having repeated falls [and] suffering from late diagnosis'.

She added that a number of recommendations have been prepared by the organisation to help prevent these incidents being repeated in the future.

'We hope this report is a wake up call for the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission (CQC),' she added.

A total of 16 accounts are included in the report, often from family members or friends visiting patients under NHS care.

The healthcare regulator the CQC recently called for better standards of care for those detained under the Mental Health Act and better protection for children from neglect and abuse.

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