Respect and Protect Patients


In February 2013 the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made a striking off order against a registered midwife, who was employed by Stafford Hospital as a healthcare support worker.

Medical Negligence

The NMC found that the midwife physically pulled a patient out of the bathroom in a state of undress, and called him an animal that was no longer human.

Your rights

All patients have the right to be treated with respect, to be protected from physical and mental abuse and have their dignity protected and actions such as the one described in the above case are in no-way acceptable or defendable.

You can find out about what you should expect from professionally qualified care staff by looking at their ‘codes of practice’.

A code of Practice is agreed and published by a professions governing body and it sets out the standards and values that professionals are required to maintain in the delivery of their professional practice.

If you think that you or someone you care for has been subjected to abusive or degrading treatment by any health professional or health care worker you can Complain and if you or the person you care for as suffered injury as a result of negligent, abusive or degrading treatment you might be entitled to compensation for the injury.

This article was written by Helen Donaghy, Medical Negligence Team.

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