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Too 'snooty' for basic tasks: MP Ann Clwyd launches scathing attack on nurses that let husband die 'like a battery hen'
Ann Clwyd said nurses' 'arrogance and indifference left me bewildered'
Claimed that too many 'snooty-nosed penpushers' were becoming nursesSaid Mr Roberts had no clothes on and was 'extremely cold' when he died
19:32 GMT, 9 December 2012
Happier times: Ann Clwyd, MP, with her husband Owen Roberts who died six weeks ago
An MP who broke down over the neglect of her husband in hospital has accused nurses of being too ‘snooty’ to carry out basic tasks.
Ann Clwyd wept in the Commons last week as she revealed how Owen Roberts had been allowed to die ‘like a battery hen.’
Miss Clwyd, a Labour MP for 28 years, has since claimed that too many ‘snooty-nosed penpushers’ were becoming nurses
In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr, she said: ‘When I sat at my husband’s bedside, I did wonder just why some of the so-called nurses bothered to put on their uniforms.
‘The arrogance and indifference of some left me bewildered.
‘Since they made nursing a degree course, the wrong kind of people are entering the profession and they think they’re above the menial tasks that the old-fashioned nurses undertook from day one.
‘We do not need a load of snooty-nosed pen pushers. We need compassionate nurses who are entering the profession because they care for people.’
Miss Clwyd’s husband died six weeks ago aged 73 at the flagship University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff.
The former BBC head of news and current affairs had been suffering from multiple sclerosis but finally succumbed to pneumonia, which he caught in hospital.
Miss Clwyd last week revealed that the very moment he died the nurses were calling out ‘anybody for breakfast’.
Miss Clwyd (left) broke down in court after recounting how nurses were too 'snooty' to carry out basic tasks for her husband (right) while he was in hospital
'Like a battery hen': She claimed that nurses at the University Hospital of Wales treated her husband badly
She described how ‘he didn’t have any clothes over him’ and was ‘extremely cold.’
But Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing said it was a ‘myth’ that nurses who had a degree weren’t caring.
Speaking on the same program he added: ‘How can you possibly make a correlation between the fact that someone is well educated and they can’t care’