The patient was taken into the unit by the police after concerns about her welfare. She said: “When I woke in the night, I went to find a member of staff. They were asleep at the desk. I took a photo and knocked on the window, no response, then knocked on the door and there was no response. I went down the corridor to the ladies’ quiet room and there was a male member of staff on the floor on the mattress asleep. The door was unlocked and I was upset and crying as I needed help.But not to worry, the dedicated NHS staff will soon put a stop to….well, you. For having the temerity to criticise.
“I was so upset and went to the office and a female member of staff appeared and I told her what had gone on with these two male members of staff. She told me: ‘We can sue you for taking pictures of us.’ ”Lovely, eh?
“There were supposed to be night staff – why were these staff asleep? We were in a secure mental assessment unit. They are supposed to keep an eye on us.”Yes. They are. Still, I’m sure they’ll swing into action now, right?
In a statement, the trust said: “The trust responded immediately when this incident was reported and we have continued to maintain a regular dialogue with the patient.
“We can confirm that following this incident the staff involved have been the subject of an ongoing disciplinary investigation. So far, this has resulted in one member of staff being removed from our service. ”Only one..?
Two were asleep & another one threatened a vulnerable patient who reported the breach – shouldn’t you be dispensing with the services of all three?