The son of a stroke patient who began to hallucinate after being illegally sedated by nursing staff at Blackpool Hospital to ‘keep her quiet’ has said the two women involved are ‘pure evil’.
Brian Scott, whose 76-year-old mother Aileen Scott, was sedated after being left paralysed by a stroke to keep her ‘quiet and compliant’ today said the case was ‘disturbing’ and that his mother’s treatment would ‘haunt’ her family for the rest of their lives.
Senior nurse Catherine Hudson, 54, and healthcare worker Charlotte Wilmot, 48, were earlier found guilty over the ill-treatment of stroke patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, with them drugging patients ‘for their own amusement’. Hudson illegally sedated two patients and conspired with junior colleague Wilmot to sedate a third.
The ‘dangerous and callous’ pair, who have been jailed for a total of ten years and two months, are said to have targeted patients if they disliked them or their relatives, drugging them for ‘an easy life’.
Messages between the pair – which were uncovered after a probe was launched into alleged misconduct – showed how Hudson wrote to her friend that she was going to ‘kill bed 5’ and planned to give one patient ‘the best sleep she ever had’.
In another message to a colleague, Hudson wrote: ‘What a lovely day I have had in blue bay today. Sedated all the troublemakers lol xxx.’
Today Hudson, who drugged patients to ‘exercise contemptuous power,’ was sentenced to seven years and two months at Preston Crown Court.
Her colleague Wilmot, who a judge said was involved with two patients but was not the lead offender, received a three year sentence.