Hospital Launches Probe over Treatment of Elderly Patients

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AN inquiry has been launched at the Royal Liverpool hospital over the treatment of elderly patients.

It follows allegations made during the compilation of a report by the patients' forum into dignity on the wards. They are thought to centre upon the care of one elderly woman.

The report was due to be discussed in public at a meeting of the hospital's trust board this month.

But after reading the forum's findings, the hospital decided to discuss it in private.

Managers say the report breaches patient confidentiality and needs to be reviewed to protect the woman concerned. According to the minutes of a meeting of the patients' forum: "Long discussions ensued about one particular aspect of the report where a patient had reported in confidence her fears about care on one particular ward.

"JD and DC (forum members) requested that the ward in question be identified in order that an examination of practice could be undertaken.

"Following lengthy discussion, the forum decided that at this moment in time the information would remain confidential in line with patient wishes. …