Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients "treated worse than animals"

How could our girl die of asthma attack in hospital Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients 'treated worse than animals' The Patients Association report discloses how some doctors are 'acting like God' by telling relatives they will not try and resuscitate their loved onesOther distraught family members have spoken of lack of compassion amongst staff who don&#8217;t care if patients 'lived or die' <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 15:20 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236423-1625C618000005DC-39_306x423.jpg" width="306" height="423" alt="Lauren Hughes, pictured, died three days after being admitted to hospital with an asthma attack " class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Lauren Hughes, pictured, died three days after being admitted to hospital with an asthma attack </p> <p>Nurses who didn&#8217;t know how to give the kiss of life went into a panic when a child was admitted to hospital with a severe asthma attack.<br></p><p>Her family described scenes of hysteria as staff who were meant to be helping their daughter desperately tried to call senior medics to ask them what to do.<br></p><p>Three days later, 15-year-old Lauren Hughes died having suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.<br></p><p>The appalling case was revealed by her parents today in a damning report by the Patients Association into failings in NHS care.<br></p><p>Pat and Dolly Hughes said one nurse became so distraught at the Ross-on-Wye community hospital she had to be calmed down by a colleague.<br></p><p>They said they couldn&#8217;t understand how a healthy teenager was able to die of an asthma attack while in hospital.<br></p><p>The hospital trust later admitted the nurses at its minor injuries unit weren&#8217;t trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and should have dialled 999.<br></p><p>Lauren had been taken to the unit by her mother when she started to suffer an asthma attack.<br></p><p>Initially they couldn&#8217;t even get into the hospital as the door had been locked for the evening.<br></p><p>Lauren &#8211; who was in obvious distress &#8211; was also ignored by two paramedics walking out of the hospital who did not stop to help or even let her in.<br></p><p>She was eventually transferred to University Hospital North Staffordshire but died three days after the initial attack in May.<br></p><p>Dr Peter Wilson, Medical Director at Wye Valley NHS Trust, which runs the community hospital said the trust has carried out a &#8216;full review&#8217; of the unit where Lauren was treated.<br></p><p>Staff have also admitted that nurses are not trained to do CPR as it is &#8216;above and beyond what is expected of them&#8217;.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236423-1627EB9D000005DC-91_634x478.jpg" width="634" height="478" alt="Untrained: Nurses at the Ross-on-Wye Community Hospital didn't know how to carry out the kiss of life" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Untrained: Nurses at the Ross-on-Wye Community Hospital didn't know how to carry out the kiss of life</p> <p>Today&#8217;s report on NHS care also found cases of patients being treated &#8216;worse than animals&#8217; and ridiculed by &#8216;rude&#8217; nurses.<br></p><p>Relatives also say doctors are ignoring their pleas to promise to resuscitate loved ones should they stop breathing.

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