Jailed: Hospital carers who physically and verbally abused patients... one even told an elderly woman she was dead and put a sheet over her
Akousa Sakyiwaa and Sharmila Gunda were both found guilty of neglect Sakyiwaa, 38, was jailed for 12 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court Sharmila Gunda, 36, was given a five month prison sentence Pair worked on the Beech Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London
By Suzannah Hills PUBLISHED: 13:47, 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:11, 23 August 2013
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Two healthcare assistants who abused elderly female patients on the geriatric ward of a hospital were jailed today. Akousa Sakyiwaa, 38, was convicted of four counts of ill-treatment and neglect of patients on Beech Ward at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, east London, between February and April last year. Sharmila Gunda, 36, was found guilty of one count of neglect and one count of assault by beating an elderly patient in her care following a trial in June.
36.Behind bars: Akousa Sakyiw aa. w as jailed for 12 m onths for four counts of ill-treatm ent and neglect of patients w hile Sharm ila Gunda. w as given a five m onth prison sentence for one count of neglect and one count of assault by beating an elderly patient in her care
Sakyiwaa. was jailed for 12 months while Gunda. pictured right. pictured left. of Ilford.
. of Leytonstone. 38. was given a five month prison sentence at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Fellow healthcare assistant Annette Jackson. Judge Timothy Lamb QC said the women's actions had 'damaged patient trust' in the NHS. of Hounslow. 33. were responsible for looking after elderly female patients with various physical and mental conditions including dementia. of Hounslow. by your offending you have let down your colleagues. In a statement read to the court. w as given a tw o-m onth suspended sentence for neglecting patient Barbara Jones
Delivering his sentence. The other patients are too ill or suffer from dementia. The women would physically and verbally abuse patients. Addressing the defendants.
. Mr Lamb said: 'In short. who is wheelchair bound. Jackson. was the only patient still alive or well enough to come to court to give evidence against them. June Evans. and Gunda. west London. Sakyiwaa. was given a two month suspended sentence and ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work after being convicted of one count of ill-treatment or neglect. often telling them to shut up. of Leytonstone. you have damaged patient trust and you have undermined the quality of care for the elderly and vulnerable at Whipps Cross. as well as handling them in a rough and aggressive manner. of Ilford. police said. she said: 'Since the incident that took place last year I have completely lost trust in the health service. 33.' The three women were charged following a Metropolitan Police inquiry into the hospital after a student nurse acted as a whistleblower.
Spared jail: Healthcare assistant Annette Jackson.
The campaigner believes the threats made against her by some local people. 'I thought why couldn't I have a heart attack and end it. which also included online abuse. Ms Bailey. who battled to expose hundreds of needless deaths at the hospital. which will reopen its inquiry if new evidence comes to light. the ambulance service and hospitals in general.'
STAFFORD HOSPITAL INQUIRY
A police inquiry into alleged offences committed against a health campaigner who highlighted failings at a scandal-plagued hospital has been unable to identify those responsible. a police spokesman said: 'After seeing media reports about alleged incidents. including damage to flowers and vases at her mother's grave. Officers from Staffordshire Police. Staffordshire Police said it had finished detailed inquiries into offences reported by Cure the NHS founder Julie Bailey. moved out of Stafford earlier this year following the desecration of her mother's grave.The incidents occurred betw een February 27 to April 30 last year on Beech Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital in east London
'I lost faith in my GP.
.' Ms Evans discharged herself from the hospital following the assault and was in a state of distress when she had to return to Whipps Cross for further treatment. were politically-motivated. In a statement issued by the force. we immediately contacted Ms Bailey to get further information.' she said. are still appealing for information. whose mother Bella died at Stafford Hospital in 2007. 'I wanted to die. 'Detectives were made aware of a number of issues.
which published its final report in February. Mr McNally told jurors: 'She was bed bound and extremely frail and it is the expert’s professional opinion that she suffered from dementia and wasn’t able to make her own decisions. after cleaning her. prosecuting. at this stage. Jurors heard the healthcare assistants were arrested after a student nurse Lucy Brown whistleblew on them following a placement on the ward last Spring. Sakyiwaa was found guilty of holding a bed sheet over 87-year-old Joan Massett’s head and telling her she was dead. 'The defendants worked on a geriatric ward and were trusted to provide the most basic tasks. 'We've now finished our detailed inquiries and. 'This caused her to scream in pain and turn pale before falling silent.'Clearly.' A public inquiry into 'appalling' failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.' she said. 'Lucy Brown described Akousa Sakyiwaa as being extremely rough with Lily Oliver. She pushed Ms Massett’s breasts in another incident and forcefully twisted her mouth which was both 'demeaning and completely unnecessary'.' Opening the case. Jackson was found guilty of one count of neglecting patient Barbara Jones. Administrators recommended last month that the Trust should be dissolved and some services at Stafford Hospital should be cut. John McNally. the hearing was told. It cannot be justified.’ 'After that Akousa Sakyiwaa grabbed her left knee with both her hands and pushed it towards Lucy Brown. 2012. Ms Bailey said she was disappointed people had seen fit to abuse her for attempting to bring to light problems in the NHS. That. 92.200 patients may have died needlessly while in its care. said: 'The conduct complained of simply had no place on any ward. found that hundreds of patients were mistreated at the trust between 2005 and 2009. we say.
. while Gunda was found guilty of one charge of neglect and one charge of assault by beating June Evans. Previous reports into the Trust estimated that as many as 1.' Snaresbrook Crown Court heard 92-year-old Lily Oliver was admitted to the ward on March 27. is what constitutes ill treatment for that count. Sakyiwaa shouted at 88-year-old patient Elizabeth Toussaint to force her to sit in a chair and slapped Louise Hodges. 'We began an investigation which involved taking witness statements. 'During the time she was on Beech Ward she was under the care of Akousa Sakyiwaa. Mr McNally said: 'The prosecution case is they variously ill treated patients either by positive actions towards them or by failing to look after them when they should have. In a statement. we have not been able to recover evidence which could help us identify offenders. 'In the course of one encounter Lucy Brown noted that when Miss Oliver’s bandages were removed Miss Oliver said ‘mind my leg. such offences are completely unacceptable. carrying out inquiries at incident locations and examining CCTV footage. suffering from septic arthritis in her left knee. 'One of the biggest problems at Mid Staffordshire is still the denial about what happened and that is what's led to me being abused.
which runs the hospital. apologised to patients following the verdicts and stressed it had a 'zero tolerance approach' to any form of neglect or ill-treatment.'There is little doubt some of these would have been unpleasant and that elderly and demented patients could be obstructive. this factor only serves to highlight the vulnerability of these patients and outline the fact that providing care professionally was the responsibility of each defendant. 'An entitlement for proper care should not be a matter of chance given at the whim of the carer. 'However. Barts Health NHS trust.
.' The court heard the ward has since closed down following a Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged abuse.
'There can be no place under any circumstances for such behaviour in our trust or in the wider NHS. the trust said: 'We apologise unreservedly to the patients of Beech Ward and their families for the indefensible failings in their treatment during their time in our care.' It added that following an internal disciplinary investigation all three women had their contracts of employment terminated.
.Co-defendants: Sharm ila Gunda (left) Gunda w as found guilty of one charge of neglect and one charge of assault by beating June Evans w hile Annette Jackson (right) w as found guilty of one count of neglecting patient Barbara Jones
In a statement.
we will take action against any member of staff who turns a blind eye.' Barts Health NHS Trust was issued with three formal warnings last week after inspectors found 'unsafe' conditions at Whipps Cross including filthy maternity wards and water placed out of the reach of elderly patients. the Care Quality Commission
. or fails to take immediate and appropriate action. with ongoing reminders to existing staff during regular statutory and mandatory training. The trust had 'failed to protect the safety and welfare of patients' and must now make 'urgent improvements' following unannounced inspections in May and June. if they witness any form of abuse or negligence. 'Moreover. 'It is the duty of every member of staff to report such behaviour and we will actively encourage and support this through our whistleblowing policy which is made clear to all staff on day one of their employment with the Trust.Healthcare w orker Akousa Sakyiw aa placed a sheet over one patient's head and told her she w as dead
It added: 'We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of neglect or ill-treatment of our patients and applaud the student nurses who showed courage and integrity in raising the alarm.
'Gunda. from the Met's Community Safety Unit in Waltham Forest. Following the sentencing. Jackson and Sakyiwaa let everyone down and it's right that they have been found guilty at court. prosecuting. Detective Sergeant Tammy Dempsey. told the jury at Snaresbrook Crow n Court that the three w om en w ere responsible for looking after elderly fem ale patients w ith various physical and m ental conditions including dem entia
. said: 'These three women had a responsibility for the welfare of those who were under their care.(CQC) said. 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who had the courage to come forward and report these offences and give their evidence in court.'
John McNally. 'The public and families of these elderly patients have a right to expect that they will be treated with respect and looked after in an appropriate manner.
.. wait until they are old and frail..
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for reporting these evil creatures. To call these Carers is completely wrong.to see how the staff coped were they ever trained or just told to get on with it.treat them as if they were your own relative" was instilled in me at uni several years ago x . nasty people about who prey on the vulnerable . UK. The NHS doesn't get the credit it should.. Burford.. nothing will change for the better there are some ver unkind. 23/8/2013 16:14 Click to rate Rating 182 Rating 274 Rating 366 Rating 196 Rating 86 Rating 465 Rating 347
. Why did it take a student nurse to report these incidents? Surely there was always a Registered nurse on duty. some of us do actually care and try to help everyone individually "you don't love them but someone does .Ware. Wolverhampton.. Essex. Animal Farm. 23/8/2013 16:34 Click to rate Report abuse This being publicised doesn't mean the whole of the NHS is like this.kjsimpson210607. Lucy Brown.Fluffy.registered nurse. United Kingdom. United Kingdom. you get nasty people in all walks of life. . It's just a shame these nasty people were nurses... or the Ward Manager> Not doing very well with the management skills! .. eastbourne. my baby has been in hospital 6 times and I haven't had a complaint yet. They deserve a much harsher punishment .. United Kingdom.B...LauraJayne. 23/8/2013 16:38 Click to rate Report abuse Pathetic sentences! .. United Kingdom.St George.did nobody at the top everlook into the wards.lisa.. Swansea. The bad stories are quickly put in the papers but what about all the brilliant things that happen everyday? ... 23/8/2013 16:14 Click to rate Report abuse Every time something like this crops up we they always apologise unreservedly & say that they will strive to make sure this happens again but hey ho it will only be until the next dreadful episode is brought to light & we start all over again. United Kingdom.dave1066. The sentences are nowhere near long enough. 23/8/2013 16:17 Click to rate Report abuse Horrible women! . Leeds. 23/8/2013 16:28 Click to rate Report abuse I had my bab there and there was a horrible nurse there who I refused have her treat me! not everyone is mean I had a lovely nurse who worked pastbher hours to be with me! Thank you tonall the wonderful nurses xx . Thank you Lisa. 23/08/2013 14:33. 23/8/2013 16:24 Click to rate Report abuse Well done.
.chloe-anne. Békéscsaba.jack.jillox. were they cheap labour? Someone always has to pay when corners are cut and it was the frail patients on this ward from hell. some real consequences for the despicable maltreatment of those who haven't been listened to in the past! What a brave lady to give evidence and well done student nurse for whistle blowing. . 23/8/2013 16:04 Click to rate Report abuse These 2 look like lifers! . . 23/8/2013 16:06 Click to rate Report abuse The sentence was not long enough...Report abuse Disgusting behaviour! One day these nurses will be old and frail.. At the same time Whipps Cross Hospital employed these abusers. Hungary. North Yorkshire.Hungariansalami. Carlow Ireland.TheHistorian.. Rating 81 Rating 76 Rating 82 Rating 69 Rating 79 Rating 77 Rating 191
. 23/8/2013 16:02 Click to rate Report abuse At last.. UK.. United Kingdom. Hampshire.puzcat.they will get old too . London. the whistle blower has the makings of a good nurse. These evil women got off too lightly. Why should their final days be so appalling? .Mrs RB. why. Boy will they be sorry when they remember how they treated those poor old women l! They are still human too! .. 23/8/2013 16:14 Click to rate Report abuse Lucy Brown. 23/8/2013 16:03 Click to rate Report abuse Only a student nurse saw what was going on?.. She was not prepared to stand by and let this abuse of vulnerable people carry on and I hope the NHS recognise that fact. 23/8/2013 16:06 Click to rate Report abuse these two look like a pair of thugs they shouldn't never be allowed to look after anybody ever again! . Lichfield UK.. Hove. 23/8/2013 16:06 Click to rate Report abuse The true punishment will come to them one day.
23/8/2013 15:45 Click to rate Report abuse I suppose "Lessons will be learned" yet again . Lincoln. & one ICU nurse came down to see how I was getting on & spent her whole break with me. UK. In the US. Warwickshire. London.The Realist. they brought her food & drink without us having to ask. Australia. We need more like her. Melbourne. 23/8/2013 15:49 Click to rate Report abuse Yes. ORMC RAWKS! . where most hospitals are businesses that compete for your patronage. my hair was in a mess so one nurse carefully brushed & braided my hair for me.Jules. I had my own healthcare aide who washed my hair for me. I am now fit & healthy & very thankful. In ICU.William. 23/8/2013 15:43 Click to rate Report abuse It is disgraceful and they deserved to be jailed. 23/8/2013 15:47 Click to rate Report abuse Very Sad state of affairs! Tip of the iceberg! . brought me snacks late at night.. Out West. Florida. I went to a regular room. 23/8/2013 15:47 Click to rate Report abuse Lower than pond scum to do that to helpless. Extra towels? Another pillow? Body lotion? No problem! If you think this is all fluff. healthcare is expensive in the US but as the old saying goes. After that.Shocking. United Kingdom. . I usually sleep with a fan running so they brought me one.minnie. well done that student nurse . I had less than a 10% chance to live. they were expected to care and clean up old people or patients with dementia etc which is care that thier own relatives weren't prepared top do.Catherine Armstrong. Northampton. 23/8/2013 15:35 Click to rate Report abuse Rating 158 Rating 78 Rating 157 Rating 102 Rating 236 Rating 45 Rating 212
. . If they saw my daughter was visiting. having a stay in hospital is getting to be almost like being at a spa! I recently had a heart attack & spent 9 days in ICU. . 23/8/2013 15:48 Click to rate Report abuse Yes.Susie 15. you get what you pay for. In the step-down unit. frail old people. United Kingdom. nor indeed any of the other permanent staff?' It's worrying that this was left for a student nurse to highlight. sat & talked with me when I was lonely.but it begs the question 'Why didn't the Ward Sister /Charge Nurse pick up on this. That said.
Like Nicholson. Makes me so mad care homes are suppost to be nice places were you can rest before the end of your years I'm just glad my nan lives with me and after reading so many stories no matter how bad she became I would never put her in a home it's saddening . the word caring seems to be absent from their vocabularies.. United Kingdom. . France.Especially after stafford hospital report you would have expected this to stop! . United Kingdom. who said the middle ages were barbaric.graham. United Kingdom. somebody actually gets to carry some blame in our NHS system. Unfortunately its the low level assistants who will carry the can for the supervisors who ignored what was happening.. London. 23/8/2013 15:33 Click to rate Report abuse This is so sickening to read my nan has dementia not so bad just yet but progressive and I would never dream of beating her it's disgusting and vile and these people need to crawl in a hole and never come out. . United Kingdom. 23/8/2013 15:30 Click to rate Report abuse Finally. the real culprits will all walk away with big publicly funded payoffs. 23/8/2013 15:32 Click to rate Report abuse They should never ever be employed in that kind of work again. .Jessiejp. London. United Kingdom.Lionel 70. At least someone had the courage to be a witness. Tessy sur Vire. 23/8/2013 15:31 Click to rate Report abuse Carers from Hell ! Poor old folk having to suffer at the hands of these people.lisa. 23/8/2013 14:06 Click to rate Report abuse Rating 324 Rating 82 Rating 64 Rating 77 Rating 118 Rating 74 Rating 41
. Essex.Smujsmith. 23/8/2013 15:28 Click to rate Report abuse Very poor leadership. Glad I do not work there anymore and do not wish to be a patient either!!!!! . London. 23/8/2013 15:25 Click to rate Report abuse This is terrible! More should be done from the NHS to ensure these stuff dont happen again. Pig-atop-the-hill. Macclesfield.Meter Reader.I had my bab there and there was a horrible nurse there who I refused have her treat me! not everyone is mean I had a lovely nurse who worked pastbher hours to be with me! Thank you tonall the wonderful nurses xx .doobanation. These women should be banned from any jobs in the caring sector in future. it ain't that much different today.
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