Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:33 pm on 17th March 2009.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Conservative, Stone 3:33 pm, 17th March 2009

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. My constituents in Stone are also gravely affected by the Healthcare Commission report. Do you not agree that it is right that the Secretary of State should come to the House? I tabled a question asking him whether he will come to the House to make a statement and to explain the situation, in view of the fact that the Healthcare Commission has said that the hospital has been very badly let down and that there have been appalling standards in the hospital?

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barbara richards
Posted on 18 Mar 2009 11:57 am (Report this annotation)

I was assaulted at Stafford Hospital by staff in the A and E on 16th November 2006. I had a panic attack following a councelling session for child abuse (I am one of the Staffordshire Pindown survivors) and the idiots sent me to the place where I was abused as a child for therapy.

I was taken to A and E and the nurse took my shoes and socks off and assaulted me by repeatingly jabbing my feet with a biro. Then they threw me off the trolly onto the A and E floor and left me there for 20 minutes, sobbing and trying to stop them. But as I was paralised through trauma at the time, and unable to speak properly, I was unable to do anything about it. I heard thenm sneering and jeering at me, it went on for about 20 minutes, then they hauled me into a wheelchair and threatened to call the police. I begged them to call the police and told them that I was a choild abuse and rape survivor. Then they said that they weren't going to call the police after all, and they left me in a packed waiuting area, crying.

An old lady came to help me, and some students drove me to Stafford police station. I told the policeman there what had happened, but he just didn't seem bothered - he asked me what I had got in my bag, I think he thought I was on drugs! He called my fiancee who came to take me home. But Stafford Police did not investigate, even though I was assaulted in front of a waiting area cram packed with people, who had witnessed the whole thing.

I wrote two letters of complaint to the hospital but got nowhere at all.

I feel like I have no rights to decent treatment in this country. I feel like I don't even exist some days.

barbara richards
Posted on 25 Mar 2009 10:45 am (Report this annotation)

I don't understand how people can be treated in this way. What is happening to this country? If I saw someone crying I would help them, but people are acting in such a cruel and wierd way these days. It's almost as if most people are brainwashed or something!

How can a completly helpless person be physically assaulted in front of a whole waiting room full of people, the person not even able to speak properly or move their arms and legs, and the staff shouting and jeering and sneering, and people not get very angry about it? I would be outraged if I saw it happening to someone else, anyone with any decency about them would be. I would have shouted "STOP THAT RIGHT NOW!!!" if I had witnessed what they did to me, instead of being the victim.

I am glad this happened to me in a way. I now know that awful things like this happen. I would never have believed it possible had I not experienced the cruel treatment for myself.