Thursday, July 7, 2011

Apparently, Elder Abuse Won't Get You Fired in Sweden

Two nurses at a senior citizen's home in Norrköping, Sweden are back on the job after they were suspended for a few weeks for verbally and physically abusing patients, according to the Folkbladet newspaper.
When a patient protested against the nurse's painfully hard grip, the nurse responded "don't touch me with your disgusting fingers," and "you're lying where you are, and I'd like to see you try to catch up with me," reports Folkbladet. On another occasion, the same nurse chose not to clean up a patient's vomit, instead deciding to press the vomit back into the patient's mouth, using a bib. The other nurse slapped a patient hard on the behind, pinched her stomach and shook her breasts, and pressed another patient's fist into her mouth. This gruesome maltreatment, taking place over two days in March, was discovered by another employee, who then reported it. The behaviour of the two nurses was deemed so serious that it resulted in no fewer than five Lex Sarah reports, a law obliging staff in the care industry to report instances of mistreatment to social services. Despite this, the two nurses are now back at work after a suspension of two months for one nurse, and three weeks for the other. "The personnel department didn't think there was sufficient cause to fire them," said Teresa Påhlsson, district manager of another area in Norrköping municipality, to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).
Insufficient evidence? Um, really? So why suspend them in the first place? Anywho, the report says the family of the maltreated elderly patients have been informed and the patient, who the nurse pressed vomit back down his throat, patient passed away before the investigation was over. As we've said before, if you have an elderly loved one in an assisted living facility, watch those workers like a hawk and go visit your relative because they could be dying from bed sores and maggots in their eye and the nurses just look the other way.
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