Denial of food, water for about seven days or more has led to the death of a healthy, active grandmother. The death occurred at the hospital.
Joan Pertoldi, 76, was waiting for a hip operation when she was put on a nil-by-mouth regime at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.
The members of her family told her that she will be operated on within two days but her surgery was postponed three times and twice because the prosthesis due to be inserted into the joint was not properly sterilised.
Reasons of other delays were shortage of staff over weekends at the hospital.