From Dr Angela B. Summerfield
Sir, — The NHS Ombudsman has issued a damning report with respect to the care of the elderly, and has demanded a change of culture. Patients have been deprived of food and water; they have been left unwashed for long periods of time; open wounds have not been treated; and medication has not been administered. I personally have had matters of this kind drawn to my attention by deeply distressed Christians who currently care for, or minister to, those in hospital.
I therefore call on your readers to have this matter raised at the PCCs and synods to which they belong, so that the authorities may be pressed to take decisive action. The Church has a long and honourable history of caring effectively for the sick. Our culture is not one of neglect. We need to mobilise ourselves to stop what appears to be a failure of values as well as action by those responsible. If we cannot act to protect the least of the brethren, what can we do?
Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 2PR