Doctors dating patients relatives

Desperate relatives told the inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, how patients were left so dehydrated that some began drinking from flower vases.By the time the hospital's failings were exposed by regulators, in 2009, up to 1,200 patients had died needlessly between 20.

it wasn't just once or twice that happened, it was relatively frequently." After she made a complaint, other staff threatened to physically harm her.

Three months later Mrs Gethin died of lung, bone and lymph cancer, at the age of 37.

It had taken 18 months to be diagnosed, despite clear symptoms, and only been detected when she was scanned at another hospital.

Four days later, she died, with a post-mortem disclosing four holes in her heart.

Mrs Lintern said it might not have been possible to save her child, but that the hospital should at least have realised there was a problem.

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