Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Probe into 'Abuse' Claims at Hospital ; 'Whistleblower' Alleges Care Worker Assaulted and Swore at Patients on 'Fast-Flow' Ward

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Probe into 'Abuse' Claims at Hospital ; 'Whistleblower' Alleges Care Worker Assaulted and Swore at Patients on 'Fast-Flow' Ward

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HOSPITAL bosses are probing allegations patients were assaulted and subjected to foul-mouthed abuse at North Manchester General.

The investigation is examining claims of abuse on one of the hospital's new 'fast-flow' wards, which aim to treat and discharge patients within 72 hours.

It is alleged a care worker forcefully grabbed and restrained patients and swore at them on multiple occasions last year. In one incident last October, whistleblowers claim the care worker held an elderly dementia patient's arms above her head and called her a '******* witch' after the patient struck out at one of her colleagues during a night shift.

A probe was launched days later and the care worker is understood to have been moved to another ward in the hospital, pending the outcome of the investigation. Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs North Manchester General Hospital, confirmed it is investigating the allegations and takes claims of patient abuse 'very seriously'.

Pauline Anderson, divisional head of nursing at the trust, said: "We are currently looking into this case and our investigation is ongoing. …

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