"Left to starve on ward I5"

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My husband , a frail elderly disabled man was admitted to ward I5 last year. He was initially admitted to the orthopedics ward after a fall. He was diagnosed with lung cancer while he was there. Instead of moving him to a specialist chest or cancer ward he was left on ward I5 forgotten and starved for 5 days . We begged staff and doctors to help has his condition deteriated rapidly. Nothing was done. When the chest specialist eventally came to see him ,she told us she had no idea he was still in the hospital. She agreed with us that it was "inappropriate" he had been denied food and drink.He was left begging for water while staff looked on or actively told us off for trying to give him a drink. By this time it was too late to save him, and although we asked that he brought home to die nothing was done for a further 2 days. Eventually after pleading with a district nurse from outside the hospital to help, the only one to listen to me and for which I will always be grateful, She did all she could to help get him home hours be fore he died. This was a horrible experience for me and my family and although we complained to the hospital, we have yet to recieve any satisfactory answers.

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Response from North Manchester General Hospital

We are very sorry to read your comments regarding your husbands experience on ward I5 at North Manchester General Hospital.

If you wish us to carry out further investigations, Please contact the Patients Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0161 604 5897

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