Aaron Richardson has lashed out at Walsall Manor Hospital about the care his father received
Police officer Aaron Richardson, 38, spoke out about the "appalling" level of care he claims his cancer-stricken father received at Walsall Manor Hospital.
He further alleges he and his family were also told by medics that his father's cancer was at early stage and was treatable, not terminal.
Less than three weeks later, dad-of-two Victor , 68, died in his son’s arms on January 9 this year.
Mr Richardon, who has served with West Midlands Police for 16 years, said: “You would not treat a dying rat like they treated my father.
“A district nurse told us before dad died that a ‘mistake’ had been made and he could recover from his cancer which was only in the ‘early stages’.
“The standard of care at the hospital is an utter disgrace, my dad was deprived of his dignity and his poor treatment and death has ruined our lives.”
He alleges he and his family were told by medics that his father Victor's cancer was at early stage
Mr Richardson senior, from Birchills in the West Midlands, was a postman of more than 20 years and even went to work at Walsall Manor Hospital in the laundry department before retiring.
You would not treat a dying rat like they treated my father
The great grandfather-of-three was rushed to A&E on Christmas Day 2016 suffering with an irregularly fast heartbeat and admitted on to respiratory ward.
But his son claimed doctors failed to inform him or his sister Penny Fellows, 48, of the severity of his condition despite a devastating diagnoses that he had terminal cancer after a scan weeks earlier,
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Less than three weeks later his father died on January 9 this year
He said the family were all kept in the dark until January 2 when they were given the shock news that Mr Richardson senior had just two days to live.
Mr Richardson also suffered an "horrendous" experience on the ward, his son said.
On New Year’s Day, Mr Richardson junior claims he visited his father and found him covered in his own faeces, including on his face.
On reporting it to a nurse, he said he was told his father was "putting it on".
On January 3, he claims he discovered his father crying out for help while on a commode having had a cannula "ripped" from his arm.
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Mr Richardson senior was discharged and given palliative care at home before he died, but the family’s grief was interrupted on February 8, the day of his father’s funeral, when Mr Richardson says he answered the phone to find it was the hospital asking why his father had not attended a chemotherapy session.
He said: “Dad was a quiet man, easy-going, he was always there for everybody and would drop everything to help someone.
"Even with how badly he was treated he said ‘just leave it’, but I think other people should know what went on in that hospital.
"It’s disgraceful. When I tell people, they think I’m making it up.
“I’m not saying he could have survived, I know he was very poorly. He may have got a few more weeks or months but who knows.
"But in the end all he had left was his dignity and he was deprived of that.”
Mr Richardson claimed doctors failed to inform of the severity of his father's condition
Last year the Care Quality Commission watchdog put the Walsall Manor Hospital into special measures after identifying a number of failings.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the Hospital, also received more than 3,000 complaints through 2016 and managers admitted they are not responding to patients concerns properly.
The Trust states there was "no record" of Mr Richardson senior being covered in faeces while the nurse who dealt with the cannula denied leaving him bleeding, although the incident would be investigated further.
However the report issues an apology for failing to “communicate effectively” with the family as well as a “lack of high standard of care”.
Medical director Amir Khan, added: “We are aware that Mr Richardson’s son is not happy with the Trust’s initial investigation findings and we are in the process of arranging a meeting with him which is the most appropriate environment to discuss his concerns.”