'Unreserved apology' for patients and families following guilty verdicts for abusive healthcare workers at Whipps Cross Hospital (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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'Unreserved apology' for patients and families following guilty verdicts for abusive healthcare workers at Walthamstow's Whipps Cross Hospital
Ward patients at Whipps Cross Hospital have been apologised to unreservedly by Barts Health Trust following guilty verdicts of three healthcare support workers last Thursday.
Akosua Sakyiwaa, 38, of Orange Grove, Leytonstone, Annette Jackson, 33, of Simpson Road, Hounslow and Sharmila Gunda, 36, of Horns Road, Barkingside were found guilty of seven charges of neglecting the women in their care at the Walthamstow Hospital.
A statement issued by Barts Health said: “We apologise unreservedly to the patients of Beech Ward and their families for the indefensible failings in their treatment during their time in our care.
“There can be no place under any circumstances for such behaviour in our Trust or in the wider NHS.
It added that following an internal disciplinary investigation all three women had their contracts of employment terminated.
Sakyiwaa was found guilty of four counts of neglect against three patients, including holding a bed sheet over 87-year-old Joan Masstt's head and telling her she was dead.
She also pushed elderly Elizabeth Toussant, shoving her down into a chair when she refused to be washed.
Sakyiwaa also slapped Louise Hodges, 92, when changing her bed clothes.
Jackson was found guilty of one count of neglecting patient Barbara Jones, while Gunda was found guilty of one charge of neglect, having hurt June Evans, making her shout in pain while roughly cleaning dried dirt off her body.
The trio’s deeds were only discovered when a student nurse blew the whistle.
The statement also read: “We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of neglect or ill-treatment of our patients and applaud the student nurses who showed courage and integrity in raising the alarm.
“It is the duty of every member of staff to report such behaviour and we will actively encourage and support this through our whistleblowing policy which is made clear to all staff on day one of their employment with the Trust, with ongoing reminders to existing staff during regular statutory and mandatory training.
“Moreover, we will take action against any member of staff who turns a blind eye, or fails to take immediate and appropriate action, if they witness any form of abuse or negligence.”
The women were cleared of ten other charges of neglect and assault by beating against the elderly women after a two week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
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