A hospital has launched an investigation after one of its elderly patients died days after being found in bed with severe head, leg and arm injuries.
The family of Exning pensioner, Richard Bowman, who have branded his death “a national disgrace”, said nurses at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, had found the 86 year old in a pool of blood in the foetal position in his bed on November 25, the day he had been admitted with a chest infection. Despite emergency surgery, Mr Bowman had died 12 days later.
According to Mr Bowman’s son, Charles Hawes, 63, who lives in Snailwell, his father had been attacked by an elderly patient suffering from dementia.
Now the family are questioning the findings of a post mortem examination in which the coroner found Mr Bowman had died from natural causes.
“It is a national disgrace to go to hospital and be beaten to death,” said Mr Hawes.
“All we know is dad put himself in the foetal position to protect himself and his arms, legs and head took the brunt of the attack. The attack was atrocious.”
“We don’t know for sure if he died because of the beating, but I can only say what everyone else is saying, it didn’t help his situation. If he had survived, he would have been in a wheelchair.”
A spokesman for West Suffolk Hospital said: “We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.
“We are taking this incident extremely seriously and are carrying out a full internal investigation, as well as assisting with the police inquiry.”
Suffolk Police said it was not considering Mr Bowman’s death as suspicious and the matter was in the hands of the coroner.