So says the Telegraph, and unusually for that Tory comic, I have to agree.
During my 6-week stay in hospital earlier this year, I had to undergo several procedures that required me to have nothing but water or hot Bovril (I don’t drink tea or coffee which, apparently, were also allowed) – but nothing more – before them. And up went the Nil by Mouth sign.
Which was fair enough except that no-one took it down again – ever – without an argument and me insisting that they go and find someone who actually knew what was going on. And while this was happening, my undelivered food was going cold.
In fact, when I was moved onto the ward, the name of the previous incumbent stayed over my bed for days, despite my protests. This, too, was potentially dangerous for patients who might not be in possession of all their faculties or – far too common, this – don’t like making a fuss.
Make a fuss, for god’s sake! You will not – trust me on this – be popular, but you’ll likely live longer! Staying safe in hospital does not happen automatically – it should, but it doesn’t – so stay alert.
And if you’re visiting a patient who is being neglected in such a manner, you should make a fuss on their behalf. Don’t just leave them to it. If they can’t fend for themselves you have a duty to take up the cudgels on their behalf, especially if they’re family.