Some here may remember that I wrote about my Dad being badly beaten whilst he was on a dementia ward at Prospect Park Hospital Reading. He was 86 at the time and suffered broken ribs, a gash to the head requiring sutures, a gash from his wrist to his elbow, and his chest and back looked like someone had taken a baseball bat to him. My Dad was 7 stone and he pointed out a well built, maybe late 30's year old man as his attacker. So I called the Thames Valley Police and the police did exactly ...nothing ! My Dad cried and was afraid and because he didn't want to stay there the consultant sectioned him. I told the police my Dad was coming home section or no section and no one stood in my way. The police meanwhile, didn't even interview the other patient or any of the staff. So I lodged a complaint with their superiors and my brother and I set about getting carers to look after Dad at home day and night. They sent a lovely Jamaican lady and a great big African woman. Then my Dad told us the African woman (I wont say lady),was hitting him at night, so we installed CCTV and sure enough she was pushing and shoving him and standing on his feet so that he couldnt get out of his chair, while my 85 yr old Mum slept in the next room, oblivious.
We called the police and this time there was no denying it, we had the proof. The carer was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and administering a noxious substance ! Yes, she was drugging him too. Eventually, at Crown Court she was convicted and she received maximum community service, a fine, was tagged and can never work in that line of work again. She should have gone to prison to my mind.
Meanwhile Thames Valley police denied neglect of duty, so I appealed to the Independant Police Complaints Commitee and today, after two years, they apologised for the delay but upheld my complaint. The officers will receive 'Management Action' and I have been assured that Thames Valley Force now have a more 'robust' approach to crime recording bla,blah,blah! They will also see to it that this incident is recorded as a crime. The moral of this story and why have I shared it with you all? To tell you to be vigilant, if you see a bruise ask how it got there, be behind the staff and anyone that looks after your elderly, infirm, and little ones, be their voice and make sure you let all of the 'so called' people in charge that actually it is you that is in charge not them. Staff shortage is no excuse for cruelty and blatant neglect of duty. Meanwhile, my dear old Dad gave up his fight in August last year, but today when I opened the letter from the IPCC I somehow felt satisfied that I had fought in his corner, I had done everything in my power to earn my Father the respect that this kind, loving and gentle man deserved and as he had always tried to protect me through life, I had done the same in the end for him. Love you Dad x