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Family of man left under car park blames NHS


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Friday, 8 February 2013

Family of man left under car park blames NHS

The family of a man who lay for more than 500 years beneath a car park in Leicestershire “without once receiving medical attention” is to sue the NHS for negligence.

Campaigners have demanded a public enquiry into the death of Richard Plantagenet, who also suffered “centuries of abuse” from historians.

Mr Plantagenet was only 32 when he sustained serious injuries in the Battle of Bosworth Field during the course of his job as king of England.

Relatives of the dead man said employers had breached health and safety rules by failing to make clear the dangers of the job, which included regular pitched battles, defending the realm against foreign invasion and putting down rival claims to the throne.

The family also claim Mr Plantagenet, who suffered chronic back problems, was routinely bullied by colleagues about his appearance.

A preliminary investigation found that on the day he died Mr Plantagenet had gone into battle with substandard armour offering little protection from the broadsword, longbow and mace.

Government sources argue that Mr Plantagenet was aware that violent death was an occupational hazard.

Investigators reserved particular criticism for NHS staff, who failed to spot signs of depression despite Mr Plantagenet’s frequent complaints of a “winter of discontent”.

Relatives said that Mr Plantagenet might have survived his injuries had paramedics been quicker to reach the scene. One said: “He just stood there shouting for help, but an ambulance never came. Richard even tried to buy a horse to take him to hospital, but there wasn’t one available at any price.”

A post mortem concluded that cuts were a contributory factor in the death, which was “almost certainly avoidable”.

debbie.webster@bdct.nhs.uk says:
Feb 08, 2013 01:45 PM
As an NHS professional I find this blog innapropriate and insensitive. Were the relatives of people who died as a result of poor care at Mid Staffs to read it I feel that this would be offensive to them - particularly the sarcastic / offhand reference to Francis. I do have a sense of humour but feel this blog should be removed.
robin.cameron@nhs.net says:
Feb 08, 2013 01:48 PM
Mr Plantegent's family do have to be a little careful here. At the time of his death, he was under investigation for two cases of infant mortality.
Social services had been trying to intervene but couldn't act decisively enough owing to the Civil War ongoing at the time, which wasn't helping things - and of Mr Plantagenet wearing a helmet quite often which made his answers hard to understand at investigation reviews.
samanatta@gmail.com says:
Feb 08, 2013 01:56 PM
Clearly something is amiss when a public servant has been paid to write this insensitive and inappropriate sarcastic drivel. Disciplinary proceedings are indicated in my opinion. This represents an abuse of the system. Please deal with it!
sammy_squib@hotmail.com says:
Feb 08, 2013 01:57 PM
Is this for real? With everything going on at the moment, who genuinely thinks this is not inappropriate?
ian.lockwood@infoarc.co.uk says:
Feb 08, 2013 02:12 PM
I think the timing is a bit off any other time it may have been funnier. I would however remind everyone of the need for a bit of light relief. In an NHS driven by quantative rather than qualative targets the ability to have some fun at work should be encouraged. When staff are managed by what the log in a PC rather than the communication with the patients is it any wonder staff are constantly stuck at "nurses stations" trying to update the bean counters systems rather than interacting with the patients. The current sad state of affairs means that a nurse is more likely to be disciplined for not updating the patient notes than for not caring for the patient. We need more portable IT within clinical settings so that Drs and nurses can do their admin where the patients are and hopefully they would in turn have more time to spot the changes in the patients that are hungry, dehydrated, confused. This sad state of affairs has been prevelant in Social Care for many years. The Social Workers who care about people get burned out trying to provide excellent standards of care whilst fulfilling an increasing documentation requirement. The baby P enquiry shows how mindless adhearence to policy and procedures without allowing time and space to actually care can and does lead to tradgedy.
If no one in the NHS or Social Care is caring for the carers, then this culture can transfer to the care provided. Funny article badly timed don't berate the author too much.
ewatson1972@gmail.com says:
Feb 08, 2013 03:09 PM
Why is it that people with no sense of humour always claim to have one when they are expressing po-faced outrage in cases like this? A brilliant antidote to Francis-inspired shroud waving. The report tells us nothing we didn't already know and will probably do more to create more bureaucracy than more good care. Thank goodness for someone who doesn't treat the NHS like a sacred cow. Rather that than the "string 'em up sentiments" expressed elsewhere in these posts.
pforrester says:
Feb 08, 2013 03:10 PM
If this is indicative of how the NHS is going to respond to the horror stories in Mid Staffs with crass humour is it any wonder we have an NHS in meltdown
Let's laugh and sweep in under the Carpet
The person who posted this should be ashamed of themselves
phil.lucas@live.co.uk says:
Feb 08, 2013 03:17 PM
I'm with Eileen. Save your outrage and your shame for Mid Staffs. I think the family of Richard III are beyond caring. I laughed and I still care. Not incompatible, methinks.
janevg says:
Feb 08, 2013 03:54 PM
This blog is in bad taste. The writer would be better occupied in the wards helping patients.
johnhig03@yahoo.com says:
Feb 08, 2013 04:15 PM
This blog is offence, Yes many of us in the NHS are not being told things we did not already know, for me what is missing in the report is that government meddling adds to this problem with so many review bodies asking similar, but not the same information.

But the fact remains’ many people died who should not have and im sure we are yet to find more will have died who should not have in the upcoming investigations. I have a sense of humor but I also have compassion and tack and understand timing, this blog has failed on all three, and the fact it appears on NHS networks makes its all the more offensive and deeply troubling. It may be literately cleaver but its extremely immature , may I suggest the time is better spent reading the Francis report and listening to the stories of the patients. Hospital staff and relatives
aitken.petri@btinternet.com says:
Feb 08, 2013 04:40 PM
Of course we all take Mid Staffs and the other "failing" hospitals seriously. A little light humour makes the pill taste a bit less bitter, particularly when the real villains in the piece are the politicians who engineered this disaster, and who no doubt will walk away with a smile of their faces and a peerage (if their buddies haven't already given one to them).
david.bone@nhs.net says:
Feb 08, 2013 05:05 PM
Others have already commented but it stands repeating - this is not appropriate.
janerubidge@hotmail.com says:
Feb 08, 2013 05:36 PM
When we stop poking fun, appropriate or otherwise, at really serious things then we are all lost. In my view. I don't find what happened to my mother in local hospital one bit funny (she died of negligence and I hope the hospital is one of the other 7 being looked at) but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate this take on RIII's digging up. and if, as another wag said, the squillions R3 owes in car parking fees were to be collected think how much of that could help our beleagured NHS. Of which, despite Mum's treatment (lack of) I am still a huge fan. Get over yourselves and have a chuckle, life is short enough and ugly enough without getting all Ayatollah-ish about jokes. Smile! The brain can't tell the difference between a genuine smile and moving the facial muscles into a forced grin and happily doles out the feel-good hormone - give it a whirl and enjoy your weekends.
pforrester says:
Feb 08, 2013 06:00 PM
Dear Editor
I'm looking forward to an equivalent highly amusing satirical blog re Victoria Climbié or perhaps a whimsical view on Baby P.Or did I miss those
I challenge those who think it's all a bit of fun to stand in front of the relatives of the dead and abused and say "it's all a bit of a laugh - no harm intended"
dtasak says:
Feb 08, 2013 06:27 PM
The reason he couldn't get an alternative mode of transport was because there were no horses, they were all at Findus!
seoates says:
Feb 08, 2013 08:55 PM
Well done. Excellent again and the findus comment too!
CherryBomb says:
Feb 09, 2013 01:51 AM
Bring him home to Yorkshire.

This is fun blog not real,a joke go and get a since of humour transplant for goodness sake......Seems they forgot a risk assessment.

Bring him home.
barryf says:
Feb 11, 2013 09:10 AM
I regularly read this blog for a laugh and cutting satire at the end of the week. This blog offensive? Get a life. What's offensive is that we'll be treated to the usual platitudes about South Staffs, such as "lessons will be learnt blah blah blah" but that it's unlikely that any body's going to face prosecution or even lose their job over the deaths.
nick.ford@nhs.net says:
Feb 11, 2013 11:18 AM
Osteo-pathological analysis of Mr Plantaganet's remains reveals perimortem trauma with no fewer than ten wounds inflicted, and all but two of them in the back. Anyone in NHS middle management should be familiar with this level of hazard at work.
Laura.Lopez@bristol.gov.uk says:
Feb 11, 2013 12:43 PM

I don't normally use it, but I thought it rather appropriate to describe my reaction to some of the comments above.

Can't understand at all why people are taking offence at this piece! Satire is good for your health - releases tension, promotes camaraderie, gives you a chance to question ideas that others may describe as inmutable. You may even learn some historical facts in the process.

By the way, I didn't think this article necessarily referenced what happened at South Staffs until others mentioned it. I listen to a radio channel every morning that devotes their daily news to slate the NHS in one way or another without offering a counter view on why things may be happening. I took this article as a defence against such constant battering, which hurts me more than any perceived slight around the posibility of articles hurting people potentially.
anthony.tasak@wirralct.nhs.uk says:
Feb 12, 2013 03:11 PM
I can see both sides of the argument, but am reminded of the way 'Punch' has, for a long time now, used a similar style of satire to highlight issues to those who might otherwise turn a blind eye. That this article has generated such an emotive response is to it's credit, I think, and maybe it's a pity that it's circulation probably doesn't reach the eyes that it should.
barryf says:
Feb 13, 2013 07:50 AM
I didn't know Punch was still going. I think you'll find Private Eye or even Viz provides a more upto date cutting satirical commentary.
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Dawood Bigboy says:
Mar 27, 2015 04:38 PM
King Rick was a noob anyway. He didn't know how to fight his way out of a paper bag. Deserved to die, bastard killing his own nephews in the tower.