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East Sussex hospital trust to face legal action
Nine families are planning legal action against a hospital trust, saying their relatives have suffered neglect and poor standards of care.
The majority of the cases being drawn up against East Sussex Health- care NHS Trust involve elderly patients.
The cases, being co-ordinated by legal firm Leigh Day and Co, refer to patients being cared for over the last decade.
Two families have already issued High Court writs, with action being taken on the grounds that care was so poor it breached the Human Rights Act.
Senior human rights lawyer for the firm Emma Jones said: “These cases mainly concern elderly patients and cover serious failures of care, includ- ing lack of hydration.
"The families involved are looking for explanations, answers and apologies.”
One of the cases is about cancer patient Patricia Tilbury, who died at the Eastbourne Distric General Hospital in November 2011 at the age of 85.
Her sons, Steve and Robin Tilbury, were unhappy with the care she received. They also believe she did not get the nutrition she needed in her last few days and had not been monitored properly.
A spokesman for East Sussex Healthcare, which runs Eastbourne District General Hospital and The Con- quest in St Leonards, confirmed two cases had been referred to the NHS Litigation Authority.
He said: “The trust takes any claim or complaint seriously and ensures that each one is investigated and the learning from the investigation is shared across the whole organisation so services can be continuously improved.
“We continue to strive to improve outcomes and experience for our patients by listening to what they tell us and acting on it.
“In addition we monitor our services against a number of quality indicators and take immediate action if these raise any concerns.
“We are pleased that this has resulted in ongoing improvements in our performance and this is reflected in the comments made by our patients and our regulators.”
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