Patient 'left to starve' amid shocking Gloucestershire hospital claims
A patient was left to starve at a Gloucestershire hospital while others were dumped in operating theatres to recover, it has been claimed by a senior NHS clinician.
It's all because morale among staff has hit rock bottom and management is 'shambolic', the worker told the BBC this morning.
The whistleblower says his concerns about the county's NHS Trust, which has some 7,500 employees, have been ignored.
He said: "I think it has now reached a point where people don't care anymore."
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The clinician, who works at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital, said he was "fearful" for both hospitals claiming they were "hopelessly mismanaged".
One patient was left looking 'emaciated' because nurses were 'too busy' to feed them, the worker said.
He added: "With morale being low, naturally this impacts on the patients' experience - it has to - and on patients' treatments.
"I've come across patients who've been treated on the wards appallingly. There is a real lack of care."
The whistleblower has also told of a "bullying culture" which he claims he has seen "from middle line managers to other managers".
The NHS Trust has quickly dismissed the allegations.
Dr Frank Harsent, chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I am disappointed that this individual feels that the best way to highlight their concerns about our organisation is to approach the media.
"The fact that they choose to remain anonymous leaves me in the position of having to defend allegations on a broad range of issues without having specific details."
He added that he was "shocked and concerned" to hear the nurses were apparently too busy to feed a patient.
He also acknowledged that staff were feeling the impact of austerity measures including a pay freeze.
"However, I am absolutely clear that the quality of care provided to patients, their safety and their experience in our hospitals is of the utmost importance to us and to our dedicated and valued staff," he said.
"I know from the conversations I have had and from the feedback from patients and families, that the vast majority of our staff, including our managers, take great pride in their work and frequently go the extra mile for patients."
Tanya Palmer, from trade union Unison, said: "I can say quite categorically that we have had many discussions with people in fairly senior management who are saying the same things to us.
"They are being asked to do things above and beyond their remit, being told to 'shut up and get on with it' and to not complain.
"That is not a healthy workplace or healthy culture."
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