Patient who complained about African nurse after treatment left her with punctured lung is accused of racism
A patient who complained about the treatment she and a frail blind woman received at the hands of a poorly-trained nurse was branded a racist.
Sandra Hynes, 50, had only gone into hospital for a simple operation to relieve her acid reflux, but following complications was left with a punctured right lung.
She had to stay in for an extra two weeks and was put on morphine and oxygen to cope with her pain.
But further problems arose when her morphine drip and oxygen needed replenishing over a weekend. Astonishingly, the staff on duty had not been trained in how to insert a ‘cannula’ needle into her hand, and struggled to provide new oxygen, leaving her in excruciating pain.
When she was given morphine orally instead, and began hallucinating and crying, a member of staff told her off. Her patience finally snapped when a nurse fed hot soup to a blind patient in the bed next to her, leaving her blistered and screaming.
Mrs Hynes told the junior nurse – who happened to be black – that she should have tested the temperature of the soup before serving it. Moments later the nurse’s superior, Staff Nurse Maureen Nwadike – who is also black – arrived in the ward, and told horrified Mrs Hynes: ‘You’re racist.’
Despite being in great pain, the patient grabbed a Zimmer frame and tried to leave the hospital.
Now, following a complaint, the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in West London has apologised for her appalling treatment.
Last night Mrs Hynes, of Grays in Essex, said: ‘I was called a racist for complaining about a lady getting scalded, and because no one was able to fix my morphine over the whole weekend. It was a horrific experience. ‘I was in terrible pain, and because it was over the weekend no one could do anything about it. ‘I was scared to be on the ward, and about what might happen while I was asleep.
‘At one stage I even took a Zimmer frame and tried to get out so I could call for help on the street. ‘I never want to go there again, however ill I am.’
Following her complaint, Senior Nurse Sian Davies admitted in a long letter: ‘It is recognised that there are indeed less doctors working at the weekend, which unfortunately resulted in a severe delay in reviewing your pain relief, which is not acceptable.
‘You also described how Nurse Hannah did not know how to change the oxygen. She was relatively new to the ward, not very confident, and has learnt from the experience. ‘And you described how Nurse Maureen Nwadike accused you of being racist.
‘The behaviour you described will not be tolerated and is not acceptable. I will be monitoring her communication skills.’
Contacted at her home in Thamesmead, South-East London, Mrs Nwadike, whose husband Anthony, 54, is a director of a private nursing business, refused to comment.
Hundreds of British prep schools to break free from Labour’s ‘nappy [diaper] curriculum’
Hundreds of private schools may ditch Labour’s controversial ‘nappy curriculum’ amid a proposed overhaul, it was revealed yesterday. Around 500 prep schools are likely to opt out of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) which sets out what should be expected of preschool and reception youngsters.
They believe that the imposition of a compulsory, national framework is a ‘fundamental breach of human rights’ which denies parents’ choice over the kind of education they want for their youngsters.
Ministers have undertaken a consultation on changes to the exemption system that would allow independent schools to discard the learning and development requirements of the EYFS if inspectors judge them to be ‘good’ or better.
The Government is also proposing to allow groups of schools, such as the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) to apply to be exempt from these goals, according to the Times Educational Supplement.
However, maintained schools, academies and free schools would not be allowed to apply for an exemption.
The EYFS has been a compulsory requirement for all nurseries, pre-schools and childminders since 2008.
Under the system, every nursery, childminder and reception class in England has had to monitor children’s progress towards 69 centrally set ‘early learning goals’ up to the age of five.
The EYFS was recently reviewed by Dame Clare Tickell and a slimmed down version is due to come into force in September. The Tickell review recommended that the framework should continue to apply to all providers, but suggested that the Government review the exemption process for independent schools.
Private schools have long argued against the compulsory nature of the EYFS which they believe is a contradiction of Government policy. This is because independent schools do not have to follow the national curriculum from Year One onwards.
David Hanson, chief executive of the IAPS, told the TES: ‘For our schools, it is a principle that is at stake, and that principle is parental choice. ‘It has never been about the EYFS per se.
‘Our fundamental concern was that the Government imposed a methodology on all schools. We believe that it is a fundamental breach of human rights: parents should be able to choose the education they want for their child.
‘Undoubtedly the EYFS has improved the poorest settings, but at the same time it has frustrated the best practitioners.’
Mr Hanson added: ‘We represent 500 high-quality schools. I think the vast majority of schools will technically opt out but still continue to use the best parts of the EYFS.
‘We don’t have an argument in terms of the principle of developing emerging literacy and numeracy and the goals themselves make sense. ‘But it’s to do with professional autonomy. We want teachers to be able to use their professional discretion rather than being compelled to follow a Government strategy.’
But Megan Pacey, chief executive of charity, Early Education, insisted that exemptions ‘do very little to support overall quality improvements’.
And Bernadette Duffy, head of the Thomas Coram Centre in London and a member of the Tickell review’s expert panel, added: ‘The framework is really good for focusing on how children learn and that seems as appropriate for children in the independent sector as any other sector.’
Thousands of middle class British students WILL lose out in university equality drive, warns official
Thousands of deserving middle class students face missing out on university places in a drive to widen the social mix of students, the head of the admissions service has suggested.
Mary Curnock Cook raised a series of concerns over the so-called social engineering of university admissions.
Under the policy, universities are expected to make background checks on applicants and use the information to reduce entry grades for poorer students.
But Mrs Curnock Cook, chief executive of UCAS, warned that ‘somebody has to lose out’ unless the total number of university places increases.
‘I don’t really know if anybody has identified who they think that should be,’ she said.
Despite the Government’s ‘push on widening participation’, the overall number of funded places ‘is not increasing’, she added.
Her remarks suggest that wealthier students would be squeezed. The UCAS chief went on to admit she had ‘real concerns’ over the quality of official data supplied to universities on pupils’ backgrounds.
The system could result in discrimination against deprived pupils who received bursaries to go to private schools while giving an advantage to wealthy pupils at under-achieving schools, she suggested.
The UCAS chief is the most senior higher education official to question the use of so-called contextual data.
Her remarks to a conference came on the day Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched a major social mobility drive aimed at breaking the grip of middle-class families on top jobs and sought-after universities.
The strategy backs the use of contextual data – information on applicants’ school, family background and postcode – to help universities decide who to admit.
UCAS already supplies universities with data on the performance of an applicant’s school and average levels of free school meals in their area.
Questions on the standard university application form ask candidates whether they have ever been in care and whether their parents have any history of attending university.
Some may consider separate information, such as levels of higher education in an applicant’s postcode.
But Mrs Curnock Cook admitted that ‘to be honest…we can’t access high enough quality information to be really sure that that contextual data service is serving its purpose’.
She added: ‘I have some real concerns, anyway, about whether the contextual data is sophisticated enough, even were it accurate.’
The UCAS chief went on to warn that poorer youngsters were effectively being asked to declare publicly ‘you live in a poor area, you go to a rubbish school, that your parents are very poorly educated’.
Some may be embarrassed at being considered a ‘widening participation applicant’, she suggested. Addressing the Westminster Higher Education Forum, she quoted Claire Fox of the Institute of Ideas, who took part in a BBC radio discussion on university admissions.
‘This is what Claire Fox said on the Moral Maze recently – “I’m very glad nobody took account of my accent, my social background, or investigated my parents’ lack of education to do me a favour, because I never would have been taken seriously”.’
Mrs Curnock Cook told her audience of university officials: ‘It is worth bearing that in mind when you are thinking about how to handle widening participation and contextual information.’
Students at elite Oxford college refuse to hang picture of the Queen because doing so would promote ELITISM
This is just part of a long tradition of contrariness at Oxford U
Students at Oxford University have been branded ‘unpatriotic hypocrites’ after they refused to hang a portrait of the Queen – because she was ‘born into privilege’.
Undergraduates at Keble College wanted to spend £200 on a picture of Her Majesty to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
But college members – whose alumni include the Duke of Kent’s grandson Edward Windsor – voted against the portrait because it promoted elitism.
Student representative Basil Vincent defended the decision. He said: ‘I think that some saw the portrait as potentially divisive. ‘The general feeling was that enough is already being done to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.’
Another Keble student added: ‘Nearly £200 to support someone who was born into a certain family is not really economical use of money. ‘The Royal family do nothing but sit on their backsides and wave at people. ‘They have never had to work in their lives and just live off their ancestor’s money.
‘Also, we have a lot of international students and it is not fair to show some kind of political allegiance they do not agree with.’
Only 17 students voted for the patriotic painting to be bought while 54 voted against.
But the decision has angered student Alexander King, who proposed the patriotic motion. He said: ‘I proposed the motion as I felt in this Jubilee year it was important to recognise the glorious service the Queen has given this country. ‘It was voted down mainly on the spurious contention that it would be divisive.
‘I feel very sad that on this issue Keble has shown itself to be woefully out of touch with the rest of the British population, 80 percent of whom currently support the monarchy.”
Another student, from nearby Worcester College, said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard they had decided not to put up a portrait of the Queen. ‘They have become a laughing stock of the university. ‘How they can have the audacity to say it was rejected because she is born into a privileged family is beyond me.
‘It is totally unpatriotic and very hypocritical considering the intake at Keble. ‘I’d say 90 percent of the students at that college are born into rich families and have spent their lives living off their parents.’
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls graduated from the college in 1988 and former US President Ronald Reagan was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1994
Don’t promote women and ethnic minorities in the courtroom just to fill quotas, says former top British female judge
Women and ethnic minority judges who are not up to the job have been appointed because of diversity targets, a former High Court judge has warned.
Baroness Butler-Sloss, formerly the most senior woman judge in England and Wales, said that there had been ‘too much enthusiasm for diversity and not enough for merit’ in the appointment process. As a result, judges had found themselves ‘failing’ because they were ‘not able to bear the strain of the judicial process’, she said.
She told the House of Lords: ‘I have a vivid recollection of a woman judge many years ago who was a very fine pianist. She should have remained a pianist.
‘I strongly support diversity when – and only when – it equals merit,’ she said.
She added: ‘It will be very important that women – particularly those from ethnic minorities – who may not be able to bear the strain of the judicial process are not placed in a position where they may find themselves failing because there has been too much enthusiasm for diversity and not enough for merit. This is very important.’
Lady Butler-Sloss, who was head of the Family Division of the High Court and the first female Lord Justice of Appeal, made her comments in a House of Lords debate on plans to encourage more women and ethnic minority candidates to become judges.
Measures in the Crime and Courts Bill would extend flexible work hours for senior judges to help women to continue to sit on cases after they have children.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is also proposing ‘positive action’ in the appointment of judges – so that if there are equal candidates, the woman can be chosen in the interests of ‘diversity’.
Responding to Lady Butler-Sloss, cross bench peer Lady Neuberger, the former chief executive of the King’s Fund, welcomed plans for non-judges to chair selection panels for senior judicial appointments.
She said the new measures ‘should not and would not change the overriding principle of appointments based on merit’.But she worried that existing judges were appointing too many people who were similar to them. She said: ‘We all have an inclination to appoint people who are like us’.
‘I certainly found as chief executive of the King’s Fund that an astonishingly large number of middle-class, white, rather bossy women were being appointed.’ ‘I cannot think why that should be,’ she quipped.
She added: ‘Let us be clear. We have a wonderful judiciary in this country. It is highly talented, highly independent, not always beloved of Government – nor should it be – and of great merit.
‘That is why, where the judiciary plays an even greater constitutional role than it did in the past, it is so important that the judges should not be always in the majority-or arguably ever in the majority-in appointing people to become part of their own number.’
Lady Neuberger, who chaired an advisory panel on judicial diversity under Labour, said there was a ‘real need for the judiciary to be more reflective of the community it serves’.
Around 14 per cent of judges in England and Wales are women and three per cent are from black and Asian groups.
Lady Butler-Sloss was appointed as the coroner in the inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed in 2006, but she stood down from the role the following year.
Calling someone fat could be made a hate crime in Britain
“Obese” is OK but “fat” is not????
As playground taunts go, it must be the oldest in the book. But calling someone ‘fatty’ should be deemed a hate crime, MPs warn today.
The Government should consider putting ‘appearance-based discrimination’ on a legal par with race and sexual discrimination, a report by the all-party parliamentary group on body image suggests.
The Equalities Act 2010 makes it unlawful to harass, victimise or discriminate against anyone because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
Stop! Calling someone fat should become a hate crime on a par with racial or sexual discrimination, a new report suggests
Stop! Calling someone fat should become a hate crime on a par with racial or sexual discrimination, a new report suggests
The report, Reflections on Body Image, published today, recommends ‘a review into the scale of the problem of appearance-based discrimination’.
It says: ‘This may include exploring whether an amendment to the Equalities Act would be the most appropriate way of tackling discrimination.’
The report also calls for the NHS’s controversial weigh-in for children to be scrapped because it wrongly labels many youngsters as obese and could lead to bullying.