Saturday, 6 March 2010
Words fail me...
The case in question involves 22-year-old Kane Gormy who was incarcerated in St George’s Hospital, Tooting, London. Kane was suffering from a brain tumour and his medication’s side effect caused his bones to soften and as a result he required a hip replacement.
After Kane’s hip replacement he was obviously immobile and had to rely upon nurses to give him vital hormone medication to keep him alive. Despite knowing how important his medication was, Kane was not given it. Kane’s mother discovered him one day in a delirious state. Kane had been ignored and was dehydrated. He died just an hour later. In the run up to his death, staff had marked Kane down as a troublemaker because his behaviour was odd… it was odd because he was being denied his medication.
I can easily believe that this story is true because the same thing nearly happened to me just a year ago. I was left virtually untended in hospital, drugged up to the eyeballs on morphine that affected my behaviour. An outbreak of the Noro virus then ran through the ward and all visits were cancelled. Like Kane I was left to rot for almost two weeks by staff that seemed indifferent to my welfare. I was punished for being uncooperative by being left in isolation.
Fortunately, one kindly soul noticed that I was extremely ill and I managed to make it to the operating theatre with about two hours to spare. I then spent five days in ITU with only a slim chance of pulling through. I was luckier than Kane but I can easily see how such a thing could happen. There is a culture of punishment, harsh behaviour and a lack of compassion on certain hospital wards.
I don’t know how such a tragedy can occur in a health service that’s been hosed with public money for the past decade or so. There are some very good and caring burses, but equally there are some slapdash and cruel people masquerading as nurses and health care assistants. There’s a culture of sloth and indifference in some parts of the NHS that borders on the criminal.
Apparently, in Kane’s case, his nurses were traumatised by what had happened and were offered counselling to enable them to get over the shock. Poor Kane was admitted to hospital with a brain tumour and yet the NHS killed him by denying him medication and hydration. How many more deaths will it take before someone is held to account and the system is overhauled?
PS: The poor lad even phoned 999 to try to get some water as he was being ignored!