Elderly patients could be sent to "hospital hotels"

Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to 'hospital hotels' to free up bedsThe model is based on a system widely used in ScandinaviaNew mothers and stroke patients could also use such services By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:33 GMT, 23 April 2013 Tens of thousands of elderly patients could be sent to hotels to recover from illnesses under plans being considered by the Government to free up hospital beds. New mothers and stroke patients could also use such services, which would be run by private hotel chains and allow more flexible visiting hours.

Eastbourne care home under investigation over disabled residents using prostitutes and strippers

Eastbourne care home put under investigation for allowing disabled residents to use prostitutes and strippers 'so they can fulfill their primeval needs' Staff at home in Eastbourne, Sussex would call prostitutes for residentsLeft sex workers alone with disabled people and put red sock on the door so they weren't disturbedManagers defend policy as it 'protects residents' human rights' By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 14:16 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:02 GMT, 28 January 2013 A care home has admitted to calling prostitutes for disabled residents who are otherwise unable to have sex. The home is now under investigation by the local council over concerns the bizarre set-up could place vulnerable residents at risk of being exploited.

Care home boss Janet Foster accused of sedating dementia patients by hiding drugs in their meals

Care home boss accused of sedating dementia patients by hiding drugs in their meals Janet Foster allegedly ran an 'institutionalised' ward at the care home in Stockton-on-TeesMeal times 'appallingly organised' with patients wandering off without finishing 15 of 17 patients lost weight during a one month period | UPDATED: 18:40 GMT, 11 December 2012 A care home boss ran an 'institutionalised' care home where dementia patients were sedated with drugs hidden in their meals, a hearing has heard. Janet Foster allegedly told staff to send residents to bed at 8pm, regardless of whether they were tired and refused to let them see a singer perform at the Victoria House Care Centre in Stockton-on-Tees. Meal times at the home were 'appallingly organised' and 15 out of 17 patients lost weight over a one-month period, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.

NHS Direct adviser "told child caller that life is s*** and joked he would smash patient"s windows"

NHS Direct adviser 'told child caller that life is s*** and joked he would smash patient's windows'Michael McCarthy was answering calls at the NHS hotline in Cheshire when he was overheard by bosses making a catalogue of inappropriate comments | UPDATED: 18:45 GMT, 3 December 2012 An NHS Direct adviser was overheard by his bosses telling a sick child 'life was full of s***' and joking that he would put a patient's 'windows in', a tribunal heard. Michael McCarthy, a nurse who answered calls from patients at the NHS hotline, was placed under review after making clinical mistakes in 2009