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Hospital staff charged over patient mistreatment

Five healthcare staff have been charged with criminal offences as part of a major investigation into the ill-treatment of hospital patients.

Concerns had been raised over the welfare of some patients on the stroke unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Three nurses and two healthcare assistants will appear at court for offences including unlawful sedation of patients and theft, police said.

The charges relate to a period between August 2014 and November 2018.

Those charged are Catherine Hudson, 52, of Coriander Close, Blackpool; Charlotte Wilmot, 47, of Bowland Crescent, Blackpool; Matthew Pover, 39, of Bearwood Road in Smethwick; Victoria Holehouse, 31, of Riverside Drive, Hambleton, and Marek Grabianowski, 45, of Montpelier Avenue, Bispham.

They face charges including ill-treatment or wilful neglect, encouraging a nurse to sedate a patient, theft, supplying drugs and perverting the course of justice.

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Source: BBC News, 6 May 2022


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