As you will already know, the NHS (or National Health Service) is the primary care provider within the United Kingdom. Due to its massive role, the NHS has always been subject to heightened publicity, providing us with knowledge of mistakes in the past, putting the NHS into disrepute.
Many of you will remember the recent police investigation after many people were poisoned by contaminated saline. This investigation lasted many weeks and resulted in much disruption for the hospital and its surrounding area(s). This was the most recent major problem until recently.
Now a new investigation is taking place into a alleged series of shocking verbal and physical attacks against vulnerable patients at Whipps Cross Hospital. As part of these allegations, it is claimed that three staff members assaulted and verbally abused vulnerable patients on the Beech Ward of the hospital.
As a result of these claims, both a internal and criminal investigation have been launched. The men were arrested by the police and the hospital have suspended them until further notice.
Personally, I think that this is a outrage. We pay for a good quality of care on the NHS and although isolated incidents can be accepted as mistake, there should be stricter checks made on staff before they are allowed to work with vulnerable patients. I am glad that such swift action was taken, but I think that this incident could have been prevented.
You have heard what I think of the claims, but what is your opinion?
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