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Dummy Taped To Baby's Face: Worker Suspended
A scandal-hit NHS trust has suspended a member of staff after a four-month-old baby had a dummy taped to his face at a hospital.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, already at the centre of a public inquiry into serious failings of care, apologised and said the boy had not been harmed and police had begun an investigation.
A spokesman for the Staffordshire force confirmed that officers were investigating a complaint about the treatment of a youngster by a worker at the hospital earlier this month.
Colin Ovington, director of nursing and midwifery at the trust, said: "A member of staff has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation and the trust's investigation under our disciplinary policy.
"We cannot emphasise strongly enough that this incident is exceptional and apologise again to the family.
"We want other hospitals to learn from this incident so that we can be sure that it does not happen to any other baby."
A report from the public inquiry into failings at the trust will be published on February 6.
Inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC will recommend wide-ranging reforms of the NHS, it is understood.
The £11m review of what went wrong at Stafford Hospital between January 2005 and March 2009 will suggest hospitals that cover up mistakes by doctors and poor treatment of patients should face fines and possible closure, it has been reported.
A separate, highly-critical, report by the Healthcare Commission in 2009 revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said "appalling standards" had put patients at risk.
Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, the commission said.
In February 2010, an independent inquiry into events at the trust found it had "routinely neglected patients".
Mr Ovington said: "We have a zero tolerance approach to poor patient care and we take immediate, appropriate action as soon as we know about any potential serious incidents which happen in our hospitals.
"We are proud that our staff now feel confident to report any incidents which happen. We will continue to encourage staff to do this, and will continue to report incidents, even before they have been fully investigated, despite any negative attention this may create."
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what do you think?
Typical worker suspended should b facing the full weight of the law and the biggest NHS failing is overpaid arrogant managers who are more interested in profit than patiants when incidents like this occur they give the normal line the trust regrets this all lies they don't care the NHS should be nationalised again so we can get rid of these useless middle class arrogant managers and trusts
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Terrible English!! Could of? I think you mean could have! Not really a funny comment either.
A place run by dummys by the sounds of it.
Both my mom and sis have used stafford and had very good service unlike prh and rsh
Wonder what would have happened if the childs mother did the same,Child removed from home by incompetent social worker no doubt,mother arrested and then hauled before the beek.
Why suspension should have been sacked on the spot and charged and taken to court
dont be so ridiculous, dont suppose the.nurse meant to harm the baby for a minute.
So Andrea,if that was your baby you'd be ok with it I guess. I know I'd want the nurse more than suspended if that were my baby. Poor child could have choked!
What if the little one had been sick or something.perish the thought.
was it taped to his face whilst.in his mouth?
I wouldnt thought that bad, but youve got to presume the baby wanted the dummy but kept dropping it on the floor so the nurse attatched it to his face somewhere, but tape is obviously sticky.
So you got believe the tape was attached to his face but was also able to suck on it .
The way i read it, it seemed like maybe the baby kept dropping it so it was taped to stop it dropping out, so my thoughts were what if he had been sick he could have choked. I remember the many times my children when they were babies woke me up crying cause they had lost their dummies, but i never would have taped it there. If this is what happened the person involved should never be able to work with children/babies/elderly again.
I believe the police have now made an arrest concerning this matter.............
Stafford is not that bad both my mom and sis have had very good service unlike prh and rsh
Then they were the lucky ones
Maybe u should spare a thought for wot the nurses have to put up with from the public.. better service goes both ways
So the baby forgot to what Matthew, say thank you? So they said well you'll never get that chance again now. Please. You trust these people with your child when you cannot do anything for them. As a parent this scares me.
Kerry after the treatment my late uncle got at the PRH.i will chose stafford every time.EVERY WORK PLACE AS BAD STAFF SADLEY STAFFORD IS A EASEY TARGET FOR THE PRESS.
Im not talking about the baby clearly.. im talking about on a whole the staff of the nhs get alot of bad press but do a fantastic job under stressful situations.. people should praise the majority of nhs staff for the job they actually do not slate them..
Wern't the parents staying at the hospital with the child.I did when my daughter was in RSH