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Seven nurses suspended over 'falsification of patient records' at Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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Seven nurses have been suspended following allegations of falsifying patient records at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

It comes after police previously arrested three other nurses there on suspicion of neglect following claims that notes had been falsified.

The latest suspensions were confirmed in a statement by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

A spokesman for the hospital said: ‘Early in 2013 internal systems within the Princess of Wales Hospital picked up alleged anomalies regarding the record keeping of a small number of nurses.

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‘The Health Board notified the police, and a criminal investigation (still ongoing) was then launched. As a result, three nurses were arrested and bailed and a further 7 were suspended on suspicion of falsifying records.

‘The investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.’

A South Wales Police spokesperson added: ‘The investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.’

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  • FredRubble  |  June 16 2014, 7:59PM

    It's not only in Bridgend that patients are being abused and killed. A close friend of mine was physically abused and suffered deliberate medical mistreatment at the Eastbourne hospital (Sussex) in 2004, culminating in the death of the patient, aged just 49 years. It's a long story, but one I'll tell to anyone willing to listen. Here's a brief outline of some of the major points. I personally witnessed members of the nursing staff making particularly nasty threats against this lady. I saw bruising that could not have been self-inflicted. Life-saving drugs were sometimes given and sometimes withheld. She asked repeatedly to discharge herself, and on every such occasion, she was ignored. The nursing staff just walked away. The lady had been ill for quite a long time before being admitted to hospital, and had some "weeping" bed sores as a result, but the dressings were only changed when they literally broke apart, and the bedding was only changed infrequently. I saw the soiled sheets, so it was no surprise that she acquired an MRSA infection while in their "care". I once attempted to complain while the patient was still alive, but that only angered her abusers, who took their anger out on their innocent victim. This lady had everything to live for. After her untimely demise, the medical profession closed ranks against me. I was the one who was there every day and saw what happened, but I was disqualified from making any kind of complaint regarding the CRIMES committed against this lady. The NHS complaints procedure only allows relatives of the victims to complain, and even then they make it as difficult as possible. As far as I'm concerned, the abuse and deliberate mistreatment this lady suffered was little short of murder, but nothing can be done to bring her killers to justice. It's just not possible to complain effectively against a closed society, which is what the NHS really is.