Grandfather Spent His Last Few Days in Hospital Being Involuntarily Nil By Mouth

Grandfather Spent His Last Few Days in Hospital Being Involuntarily Nil By Mouth

A grandfather spent his final days in hospital begging for food and water his family have claimed.
Ron Jee’s daughter has criticised staff at the already under fire Basildon Hospital in Essex due to their lack of compassion when treating her dying father.
Ron Jee from Grays in Essex was admitted to hospital after having a stroke in June.
Whilst Mr Jee was in hospital he suffered with pneumonia and his health began to deteriorate. In August doctors put Ron on the controversial end-of-life programme which the family claim is similar to the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).
A hospital spokesman said the pathway that they use at the trust is their own take on the end-of-life programme.
His daughter Christina Coleman 52 claimed that her father had no food water or medication for four days.
She said that her father had to beg and his family had to dab a wet sponge around his mouth to try and relieve his suffering.
She told the Daily Mail that in his final days ‘He was spending his days crying.
‘He was begging for water – we had to wet a sponge and put it around his mouth.
‘If I did to my dog what they did to my father I would not be allowed to own a dog again.
‘No one should have to spend their final days like.’
Mrs Coleman said that her father was put onto the plan which ordinarily is used for patients who they believe will die hours after going onto it prematurely.
She said that her mother was told about the doctors putting Mr Jee onto the pathway but felt that what was involved was not properly explained to her.
The LCP was created by the Royal University Hospital’s Marie Curie Hospice in the later 1990s and is designed to reduce patient suffering in the final hours before a person dies.
If someone is put onto the LCP doctors will withdraw life-saving treatment including fluids medication or putting someone on continuous sedation if the doctors feel they are close to death. Studies have found that death usually occurs within 29 hours of the LCP.
The plan is designed to let patients end their life with dignity but has been met with some criticism claiming it is cost-cutting at the cost of elderly patients dying earlier.
Minsters called the pathway ‘a national disgrace’ in July.
Mrs Coleman has raised a formal complaint with the trust listing basic-care failings including staff’s lack of compassion.
She included that her father could not reach his call button and had to sleep in urine and faeces-stained sheets.
Doctors placed Mr Jee on the care pathway on August 5.
They discovered they could not feed the pensioner because they could not connect a food supply. They told his family that his organs had suffered severe damage because of the illness.
He was placed into an induced coma and died four days later on August 8.
The trust are currently investigating the standard of care provided to Mr Jee.
A Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘The trust appreciates that the past few months have been extremely difficult for Mr Jee’s family and has offered its apologies face-to-face in a meeting which took place on Tuesday October 8.
‘The trust is committed to listening and learning. As discussed with the family we will continue to have an open dialogue with them and will be providing them with a written response to their complaint once the investigations are completed.’

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