NHS Hospital Horror

Stafford Hospital / AP


An English hospital's horrific care led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths over a 50-month period, according to a report published Wednesday.

The report on the Stafford Hospital located in Staffordshire, England found patients neglected and forgotten by hospital staff.

The New York Times reports:

Patients left unbathed and lying in their own urine and excrement; patients left so thirsty that they drank water from vases; patients denied medication, pain relief and food by callous and overworked staff members; patients who contracted infections due to filthy conditions; and patients sent home to die after being given the wrong diagnoses.

The report blamed the problems on the hospital's efforts to save money to meet "external objectives rather than patient care."

Prime Minister David Cameron apologized for the National Health Service's failure and vowed to create a new post, chief inspector of hospitals, in the fall of 2013. He also said he will work to get the licenses of responsible medical staff revoked.