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Newspapers fail in hospital review bid

A group of newspapers in Yorkshire have failed in their bid to demand a review into basic care at a hospital.

The Reporter Series, which incudes the Dewsbury Reporter, started a campaign called Dignity at DDH after concerned readers contacted them about members of their families being let down when it came to basic care at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

The Mirfield Reporter, the Batley and Birstall News, and the Spenborough Guardian, wanted health bosses to carry out a major review of basic care for the elderly.

Editor Hannah Ridgeway told HTFP that people had gone to them with stories about patients being left in their own urine, being treated like ‘lumps of meat’ or shivering by their bedsides.

But, after reading the campaign coverage, the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Stephen Eames told the newspapers no such review would take place.

He said he had been assured there were processes in place to make sure patients were properly cared for.

In launching the campaign in March Hannah said: “We feel we must shine a light on problems like this and be a collective voice in asking for change.”

Dignity at DDH called for trust bosses to take on board the issues they had highlighted and, if there were systemic problems within the service, to say what they were going to do.

The health boss told the Reporter he had ‘personally sought reassurance’ about the cases highlighted by readers during a series of special reports – but would not be carrying out a full review into care for vulnerable patients at the site.



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  • May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

    At least they’ve been shamed into action, knowing the Reporter team is watching over their shoulder. I’d call that a good result, whether they hold a full review or not.

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  • May 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for your comments Curious. I’m proud to say the small, hardworking and dedicated team here at the Reporter Series feel far from “failures”. It’s a triumph that local newspaper journalists still have a passion for their jobs, still care and still want to try to make a difference and do a good, honest piece of local news reporting and will continue to hold public bodies to account – against all the odds. As editor I’m proud of them, proud of our campaign and those articles -most important of all, our readers appreciated our efforts to battle on their behalf, whatever the outcome.

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