Nine ‘human rights breach’ cases being prepared against Queen’s Hospital, Romford
by Ramzy Alwakeel, ReporterThursday, February 7, 2013
4:00 PM (Romford Recorder)
Nine families are taking legal action against Queen’s Hospital because they say health chiefs breached their loved ones’ human rights.
The cases are being prepared by specialist lawyer Emma Jones of Leigh Day and Co. on grounds of negligence and poor care standards. Two have so far reached the High Court.
Ms Jones told the Romford Recorder she started receiving calls from families after the publication of a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into the Rom Valley Way hospital last year.
She added the cases before her suggested “serious failings in basic care”.
Among those making claims are the family of Ronald Roast, of Rainham.
Mr Roast was admitted to Queen’s in 2011 after suffering a series of heart attacks. He had advanced lung cancer and died of the illness in St Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower, the day after he was discharged. He was 69.
Daughter Maria Lloyd, of Cricklade Avenue, Harold Hill, alleged her father hadn’t been fed properly while he was at Queen’s, and had gone 12 hours without a drip.
“It felt like the fact he was dying meant they didn’t really have much time for him,” said Maria, 47.
“He was just hauled about. They didn’t even check he was eating properly or going to the toilet.
“The fact his drip was off for so long meant there were no fluids or antibiotics going into him for 12 hours. He was left there, all uncovered, with all his bits showing, and he wasn’t fed properly while he was in there.
“All he had was a little tub of ice cream and a sandwich. It was just crazy.”
She said she was pursuing the case because she wanted to make people aware of how her father had been treated.
“People need to be aware of what’s going on,” she said. “Other people could be going in there and getting that sort of treatment.”
Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust’s chief exec Averil Dongworth apologised to all patients who had received poor care.
She said she recognised there was still work to do but added improvements were being made following the appointment of a new board.
“It is totally unacceptable that any patient should experience poor nursing care,” she said. “The trust was subject to a Care Quality Commission investigation in 2011, and we know people were not being given the high quality care that they deserved.
“We now have a new board in place, including a director of nursing who has already put in place a host of new ways of working.”
This hospital has been in the bottom five in the UK for twenty years or more back to the Oldchurch hosp days and nothing get done about it,if you ask any local resident they are frightened to get ill for fear of ending up in the Queens.
I agree with you most people are afraid of going to Queens when i had to go in to hospital for a procedure a litle while back the first thing i asked the Consultant was can i go to King Georges which i did. What a terrible state of afairs
sorry to hear of your brothers problems,I like you blame T.B for starting the back door privatising of the NHS, this has given Double Dip and the posh boys every opportunity to continue down the same road,and they are doing so with the closing down of hospitals and the shutting down of A&E units.
Queen's Hospital in Romford is a large acute hospital which opened its award-wining building to patients in 2006. It operates a full A&E service with trauma centre and a hyper-acute stroke unit. Its specialties include the largest maternity unit in the country, a renal dialysis unit and a specialist neurosciences centre.
If we learn from our mistakes, why aint I a genius, If you educate the masses where's the advantage for the few?
Queen's to make a killing on parking (in other words, there wont be anywhere near enough parking spaces once Queen's accepts the extra patients from King George's hospital, so they will try to price the low paid hospital staff out of spaces. Staff shouldn't be paying anything to park at their place of work.
Without the staff, the hospital is just an empty building, no matter how fancy or costly it was to build.
Queen’s Hospital, Romford, plans to hike cost of staff parking by 50 per cent
Queen’s Hospital is considering hiking the cost of its staff parking permits by 50 per cent – incurring the fury of local householders.
The proposals would see full-time staff paying between £504 and £810 a year for a permit.
The problem of staff cars piling into the streets around Rom Valley Way already ignites strong feeling among residents.
Homeowner James Perkins, 51, believes the price increase will drive even more staff to park on the streets around the hospital.
“I’m so annoyed,” he said. “It will snowball a million per cent.
“I don’t blame the staff for parking in our roads. It’s not their fault the hospital doesn’t provide them with parking that they can afford. It’s ridiculous that they can charge that amount to hospital workers.
“The nurses and other members of the hospital staff aren’t paid fortunes. They can ill afford the current rates, let alone what it’s going to be when it goes up.”
A spokesman for the hospital trust said staff spaces were beyond capacity at Queen’s and that patients and visitors should be given priority.
She added the trust was negotiating a reduced fee for staff to park at the Angel Way car park – about a mile from the hospital – which would be less than the cost of a permit.
“The suggested figure of a 50% increase is only an indicator at this stage, and would be subject to the consultation responses,” she said. “The trust is also considering offering staff a salary sacrifice scheme to pay for permits which, if introduced, would significantly reduce the impact of the charge.
“It is important that people are encouraged to use public transport, in line with our sustainability travel plan.”
There are 664 staff parking spaces at Queen’s, 12 of them for disabled people. The cost of a parking permit varies depending on the amount staff are paid annually.