A recent article in the 'Daily Mail' was entitled :
Doctors 'acting like vets with dementia patients': Damning report reveals communication failure of medical staff
* Some doctors believe sufferers 'don't suffer pain in the same way'
* Nurse found by researchers reprimanding elderly dementia sufferer for losing more weigh
* "Some people said they had never had any training at all. People said they knew the causes of dementia, they could tell you microscopic changes that happen to patients, but they didn’t know what to do. They sort of make it up as they go along".
* " The only people who said they were confident had not had training but had experience elsewhere – worked in a care home or looked after their own parents or grandparents."
He believes the problems they identified exist across the National Health Service and although increasing numbers of patients going to hospital would have dementia in the future because of the UK’s ageing population, the NHS "hasn’t really got to grips with the problem" and "the system isn’t prepared for the job it’s got to do." He also said that figures show half of patients in hospital over the age of 70 have dementia and half of those who fracture their hip have the illness.
* on one occasion, an old man man : ‘He is agitated and frightened, crying with tears down his face. Not one member of staff offers any comfort or reassurance. The staff nurse tuts and reprimands him for losing more weight.’
* a young woman whose grandmother was in hospital, who said: "We were told by the doctor that people with dementia don’t feel pain as much as somebody who hasn’t got dementia."
"It brings shame on the NHS that a consultant can say, in the course of this research, that he avoids talking to dementia patients. Dementia patients need to be treated with dignity and respect but people contacting us tell us about dementia patients that are being ignored by clinicians and who they feel are being treated as second-class citizens. It brings shame on our society that so many elderly people, with and without dementia, are treated so poorly in our hospitals."
What a sad country Britain has become.