Hospital braced for TV exposé

Chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Michael Wilson
Chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Michael Wilson
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THE HOSPITAL Trust serving Crawley and Horsham this week promised to take urgent steps to stamp out poor nursing practices if claims contained in secret filming for a TV documentary are proved correct.

The Chief Executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has said he will take immediate action if the allegations contained within a Channel 4 Dispatches programme, to be screened next Monday (February 28), are found to be true.

Michael Wilson, who has only been at the Trust since last October, said: “We have been told by the Dispatches production company that they have undercover filming of a patient who was on one of our wards between October and December last year. The production company is alleging poor patient care, but as they are refusing to show us the film before it is broadcast, we don’t know if the allegations are true. We also can’t take any action to make sure any alleged failings are swiftly addressed as we don’t know which staff members have been filmed.”

The Dispatches programme will examine end of life and palliative care for the terminally ill in Britain today. lt does so through the experiences of three individuals as they face their final few weeks. The three people who feature in the programme and their families were given cameras to record significant episodes as they occurred during those final few weeks and in the case of two of the three up to and including their death.

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