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Government-run Healthcare: Dead bodies left on ward for 8 hours in UK hospital

Posted by FactReal on March 10, 2010

“The smell was vile. I was really upset because I was so ill myself and to lie next to a dead body all day was so scary,” said UK patient Sarah Stevenson.

Via UK Telegraph:

Patients at the Heartlands Hospital, in Birmingham, West Mids, told of their “worst nightmare” after being forced to lie next to the dead people.

On Tuesday the Heart of England Foundation Trust launched an investigation into the claims, in which three bodies were left on the same ward last month…

A patient, Sarah Stevenson, 64, of Small Heath, in Birmingham, said she had been forced to lie next to a dead patient for almost eight hours.

She claimed she alerted staff just after 1pm that a woman in her late 50s had died, but was then forced to lie next to her as she was prepared for mortuary with only a curtain separating her from the corpse.

Staff did not remove the body until after 8pm – during visiting hours – while a further two corpses were also left in other areas of the ward…

Sarah Stevenson had to lie next to a dead patient for almost 8 hours.
(Photo: Anita Maric / newsteam.co.uk )

“The smell was vile. I was really upset because I was so ill myself and to lie next to a dead body all day was so scary,” said the grandmother, who was being treated for a lung condition and pneumonia.

“I couldn’t believe it was happening, it was my worst nightmare. The stench was horrendous.”

Geoff Martin, chairman of Health Emergency, a NHS campaign group, said the incident demonstrated some of the problems currently plaguing the health system.

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