Insensitive ambulance driver dumps ailing 96-year-old man at his home to fend for himself
Cliff Schofield was admitted to the hospital after he injured his back and cut his head. He was asked to stay back for the night and discharged the next day
In a shocking display of negligence, a frail 96-year-old grandfather was dropped at his home by a hospital driver even though there was no one at the residence who could care for him in his fragile state. Cliff Schofield was discovered collapsed on his chair, still wearing his hospital gown, by his horrified daughter Jane who expressed her outrage at the situation.
Speaking to The Sun, Jane said she was "absolutely disgusted" at how her father was treated. "The driver surely has a duty to care for the person he is taking home," she ventured. "When I got to the hospital, he'd gone. The nurse I'd spoken to wasn't there and other staff didn't seem to know anything about it."
A retired steelworker, Schofield was initially admitted into Rotherham hospital after taking a heavy fall. He had injured his back and cut his head and had required treatment that meant he had to be held back for the night. The next day, the hospital staff informed Jane that her father would be discharged, but he had already been sent home by the time she had rushed there with his clothes.
Jane, a resident of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, continued the horrifying tale. "When I got to the house, he was inside, curled up in a chair far too small for him," she said. "A few feet away was a bigger armchair with a cushion, but they appear to have just dumped him in the first chair they came across without any thought for his welfare."
"He was there for 30 minutes before I got there. I couldn't believe it," she added incredulously. Brian, her husband, was equally seething at the hospital's treatment of his father-in-law. Determined to not let the staff get away with the behavior, they snapped a picture of Schofield slumped down on the chair.
"We want to know why he was discharged without any clothes, how the driver gained entry to his house and why he was left on his own," asked Brian. However, the hospital administration has remained quiet over the incident and the couple has not received any communication as of yet.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation has apologized for the "inadequate care" and has announced that it has launched an investigation into the ordeal. It looks as though it will face action for the gross negligence, though it's unclear what the extent of the punishment forthcoming will be.