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88-year-old man creates 120 placards for hospital protest

John Watson,88, from Brandon, has hand painted 120 signs protesting how he was treated at West Suffolk Hospital. ANL-140730-151653009

John Watson,88, from Brandon, has hand painted 120 signs protesting how he was treated at West Suffolk Hospital. ANL-140730-151653009

An 88-year-old man has gone to extreme lengths to protest against the way he says he was treated by West Suffolk Hospital executives.

John Watson, of Brandon, camped outside the hospital overnight on Wednesday through Thursday with 120 hand painted, double-sided placards displaying his grievances in full.

He said he has spent more than a year painting them in his garage.

Mr Watson, a former director of a haulage company, claims he was mistreated at the hospital in February 2008.

He said he visited accident and emergency with chest pains but was turned away by a junior doctor without being given medication.

After refusing to go , he said another doctor finally saw him and diagnosed him with pleurisy, advising he spend four days in hospital to recuperate.

After the event, he complained to hospital, eventually taking it to the health ombudsmen who rejected it.

He says he objects to the way he has been treated by executives since making the complaint.

He said:“I am absolutely worn out – I have spent all my life savings trying to get something sorted out.

“My wife said I shouldn’t come down here because I would get too upset but this has put so much pressure on me I can’t sleep at night.

“I want a public apology from the hospital.”

Jan Bloomfield, the hospital’s executive director of workforce and communications said: “As with all complaints, we investigated Mr Watson’s concerns fully when he first raised them with us some time ago.

“We have discussed our findings with him and have always been happy to meet with him to answer any 
further questions he has 
had.

“His complaint has also been investigated at the very highest level by the Heath Service Ombudsman, and was not upheld.

“Our main concern since Mr Watson arrived at the hospital has been, and will continue to be, his welfare.

“We have given him the chance to speak at length with senior staff, provided him with drinks and hot meals, are checking on him regularly to ensure his health and wellbeing while he is at the hospital site.”

 

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