Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Widow awarded £40,000 after husband dies in agony at Tameside Hospital
A widow has been awarded £40,000 by the hospital where her husband died after claiming he was forced to lie on a ward in agony for five days with an untreated stomach condition. Brian Wade was admitted to hospital with a severe case of colitis, and succumbed to blood poisoning in less than a week. His family say he did not receive the treatment he desperately needed, and the last thing they ever heard him say was a desperate plea for help.
In response to the allegations, the Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust gave the Wade family £40,000 in an out-of-court settlement, but did not admit wrongdoing.
'Dad was such a strong man and to see him in such agony was horrible,' his daughter Denise said. 'He was left in pain on the ward. 'The last words I heard from him was him begging me to get him help. It was horrendous. This money can't bring my dad back - nothing can.' Read the full article here
I am so grateful for my good health to date. I do not intentionally wish to bash Tameside Hospital just for the sake of it but the failings at this particular hospital over such a long period of time would fill me with dread should I ever find myself as an in patient. On admittance the first job would surely have to be preparation of a last will and testament. Most people who I speak to about this hospital say the staff are good, but they are too few in number. Something really does need to be done to stop further tragedies such as the tragic death of Brian Wade. Tameside Citizen