Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Terri's News Alert:


Doctors Forced to Prescribe Drinking Water to Keep the Old Alive 

May 31, 2011 (MailOnline) - Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure—to remind nurses of the most basic necessity—is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards. 

Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients' calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink. 

Continue reading... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1390925/Elderly-patients-dying-thir...

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