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Nurses suspended after maltreating elderly

Nurses suspended after maltreating elderly

Published: 08 Jul 2011 17:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Jul 2011 17:07 GMT+02:00

Events at a scandal-struck nursing home in Norrköping, in central Sweden, are now under investigation, both by the police and Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

The nursing home made the papers following reports on Wednesday that two assistant nurses were back at work despite the personnel department's knowledge of their blatant maltreatment of patients.

One patient had her vomit shoved back down her throat, other patients were slapped and pinched. Another woman, 100 years old, was subjected to her own fist being shoved in her mouth.

This event, which occurred in March of 2011, is now being reported to the police by the woman's family.

"Last Tuesday Granny turned 101. The whole family was gathered to celebrate her birthday, and when my mother's husband leaned towards her, she said 'don't hit me, don't hit me'. That makes you wonder what kind of treatment she's been subjected to," said the woman's grandchild to regional newspaper Folkbladet.

The Board of Health and Welfare opened an investigation into the nursing home on Friday.

"We want to know how they are ensuring correct care, upon the return of these people," said Britt-Marie Persson, deputy manager of the south-eastern supervision division, to TT.

The authority cannot, however, take any action directly against the two employees pointed out as responsible for the maltreatment, because they are neither certified medical personnel, nor do they perform the type of duties that certified personnel do.

The two assistant nurses were originally suspended for a period of three weeks and two months respectively, and then returned to their former positions at the home.

Now they have once again been suspended from their jobs, according to a report from Sveriges Television (SVT).

"We made a new evaluation of the case this morning and decided that they shouldn't be working," Lars Karlsson, chairman of Norrköping's personnel division, told TT.

The nurses haven't been fired, but are simply to remain at home until further notice, according to Karlsson.

"I don't know what's going to happen afterwards. We've said that this is how it's going to be until after the holidays, and then we'll see."

Karlsson cites the many complaints received from concerned relatives as the main reason behind their changed decision about the two nurses.

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18:50 July 8, 2011 by jacquelinee
If anyone cares enough to email the minister of health and welfare for children and the elderly

her name is Maria Larsson and there is an email form for her at w w w dot sweden dot gov dot se backslash sb backslash d backslash 211

@cognito @goober

this morning I created a petition Justice For The Elderly I will post it below as before ;-) It was posted on the F-ce B--K page plus I sent a email

to the Ellen Degeneres Show with a link to this article, Maria Larsson (the minister of health) post address and a link to the petition.

I also sent a copy of this correspondence (to Ellen) to Maria Larsson immediately afterwards.

Here is the epost sent to Ellen and Maria.

I have sent to the Ellen Degeneres Show as well as a petition I have set up to have thse two criminal nurses fired and their superior who reinstated them as well . It is as follows....

I became aware of this article and it has enraged me Two nurses who degraded, neglected and abused elderly people at a care facility in Norköping Sweden were reinstated after a 2 month suspension and 3 week suspension respectively. They are back at the same care facility caring for the same people except for the one poor woman who was forced to eat her own vomit, she passed away.

This is an outrage and bullying at a high level.Maria Larsson, The Swedish Minister Of Health for the eldery has turned a deaf ear. Swedish people love your show. Here is a petition I have made.

Is it possible for you to help? I will send Maria Larssons epost link also.

PLEASE HELP!

Thank you Ellen, my mom was in a facility, she died in March of Alzheimers.

Your momma is at that age too. It makes me sick to think of them being

treated this inhumanely

THE BATTLE IS NOT OVER YET THOUGH, THEY ARE NOT FIRED, OT THEIR SUPERIOR WHO MADE THE DECISION TO REINSTATE THEM AND THERE HAS BEEN NO INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALL CARE FACILITIES. WE NEED SECRET UNANNOUNCED VISITS, OR UNDERCOVER PLACEMENT BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF THIS ABUSE! plaese sign the petion:

ht t p: backslash backslash w w w dot petitionspot dot com backslash petitions backslash justiceforelderly
19:09 July 8, 2011 by Watchtower777
I was outraged when I read the original story. How possibly could these so called nurses be reinstated to their jobs. What kind of world do we live in that allows someone to harm our elderly citizen's and receive a slap on this wrist, time off when they should have been fired immediately!!! And never ever allowed to work in a health care system again. Their names should be released to the public so their family and friends and perhaps elderly parents will know what kind of monsters they really are!!

Great post Jacquelinee.
20:48 July 8, 2011 by Central European
My question is : do you think that the official reaction would be much rigid/refular if the victims were children or the offender nurse male ?
21:50 July 8, 2011 by Watchtower777
I would say the way this was handled by the authorities, it wouldn't have mattered.

Truly had this not been reported, would these health care providers (and i use that term loosely, because clearly they are health care abusers) continue to leave the situation swept under the carpet? Formal charges should be brought against them by the families of the victims. Sad situation to think this happens to our elderly, or anyone for that matter. Sweden is not the only country that has this problem and we all need to be aware and keep our eyes open on who is caring for our loved ones.
22:18 July 8, 2011 by dizzymoe33
This is so disgusting and very sad that these people are being treated this way. I tell you what if it was happening to a member of my family I would be kicking someone's ass all over the place. Swedish citizens should be outraged by this treatment of their elderly.
22:29 July 8, 2011 by hunnysnowbee
They should be arrested for assault! A simular thing like this happened in the UK at place for adults with special needs. An undercover person went in and filmed what amounted to torture of these poor, vulnerable people. Since then those responsable have been arrested........ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13548222 You can read it here.

I just think you have to be very sick in the head if you can treat defenceless, vulnerable people like that!
02:42 July 9, 2011 by jacquelinee
repost

If anyone cares enough to email the minister of health and welfare for children and the elderly

her name is Maria Larsson and there is an email form for her at www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/211
17:02 July 9, 2011 by McChatter
"The authority cannot, however, take any action directly against the two employees pointed out as responsible for the maltreatment, because they are neither certified medical personnel, nor do they perform the type of duties that certified personnel do." Duh?????

So they can't fire them! Am I missing something here?
17:58 July 9, 2011 by jacquelinee
Iknow....what is uo with that, are they kidding us?
19:00 July 9, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
If you have not been badly treaten by a stupid nurse or assistant nurse, you canot imagine the type of frustration one can have. I just spend almost eight months at the Karolinska trying to survive many stupidities commited against my legs and the goo, bad and outrageous treatment of some "nurses", especially one from Finland, I have to say, who shook my wheelchair up and down because I had the audacity of trying to clean my hands with paper towels after using alcohol to dissinfect them. I think she wanted to throw me to the floor. She almost succeeded.
20:37 July 9, 2011 by Puffin
What is the point of petitioning the Social Affairs minister? It would be illegal and unconstitutional for her to intervene in this case!

The proper authorities to contact would be Socialstyrelsen, Länstyrelsen or the Kommun Socialnämnden - although usually you need to be actually family or friends of the people in question to have a complaint investigated
00:47 July 10, 2011 by jacquelinee
If the Government of Sweden's minister of HEALTH for children and the ELDERLY can't do anything about nurses abusing the ELDERLY, then there is a big broblem with this government. After all as an ELDERLY person, I think maybe being forced to eat my own vomit may impact my HEALTH! HELLO! iT WON'T HELP FOR SURE IF YOU DON'T TAKE ACTION.

repost

If anyone cares enough to email the minister of health and welfare for children and the elderly

her name is Maria Larsson and there is an email form for her at www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/211
14:48 July 10, 2011 by Streja
Jacqueline, Puffin is right. The minister would be breaking the law. She's the wrong person to contact.

People in Sweden love Ellen's show? really?
16:48 July 10, 2011 by jacquelinee
Ok. So the misiter of health who is elected and paid {probably lots) to oversee and protect the rights of the elderly and children is breaking the law if she ACTS to protect the rights of the elderly, who a crime is commited against. BUT the perpetrators who commited heinous acts of crime against the elderly are not breaking the law.

Is it only me who sees this as totally insane and wants to change this madness? YOU CAN NOT CHANGE ANỲTHING IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK UP ASND ACT!!!

Any Swedws I have spoked to like Ellen. you must be one of the Bingo Lotto fans. Now. THAT is riveting entertainment.hahah
00:53 July 11, 2011 by Puffin
I suggest you read up on how Sweden's system of government works - the US for example has a strong separation of powers and just as the US President for example could not interfere in the legislature or judiciary's decisions - in Sweden there is a separation of policy and administration that dates back 400 years

Swedish Ministers are responsible for policy - they cannot intervene in individual cases or how the law is interpreted/implemented
12:26 July 11, 2011 by jacquelinee
well.......it says a LOT for how screwed up the world is when people can brutalize helpless people, commit crimes aginst them and their own government official appointed for THEIR welfare can not stop this. It is a disgrace as I am ashamed and good old Maria Larsson should be too. What good is she then? Why are we paying her to protect people?

Anyway, we should still take a stand and DEMAND she does something. Ìf she is that useless that she can not intervene herself, she can at the very least put pressure on those who can intervene, if there actually is anyone out there who will not turn a blind eye and stand on some policy to allow them to bury their head in the sand. We will ALL be old one day, and if this is the way the swedish lawmakers work, I am certainly getting out of THIS country before I end up in a SWEDISH elderly care facility. Shameful, completely shameful.
14:26 July 11, 2011 by DamnImmigrant2
At least they are out of there for now! - THIS IS INSANE!

I get that Swedish workers cannot generally be fired - BUT THIS WAS AN ASSAULT! Hope they get charged.
21:41 July 11, 2011 by jacquelinee
I hope their names get leaked and someone kicks the sh-t out of them, makes them eat vomit,twists their ba-ls. At least one of them was a man because when that poor 101 year old lady was approached by her grandaughters hussband she put up her arms ans said don't hit me.

The police, the government the nursing home boards are a human disgrace to allow these monsters back. Sure they are out now...but are they suspended without compensation? And this is NOT an isolated incident. I have a friend who worked at a hóme as a student placement and she told me horror stories too. And they will get a slap on the wrist and when this story dies down a bit, they will be back.

THE BATTLE IS NOT OVER YET THOUGH, THEY ARE NOT FIRED, OT THEIR SUPERIOR WHO MADE THE DECISION TO REINSTATE THEM AND THERE HAS BEEN NO INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALL CARE FACILITIES. WE NEED SECRET UNANNOUNCED VISITS, OR UNDERCOVER PLACEMENT BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF THIS ABUSE! plaese sign the petion:

ht t p:// www.petitionspot.com/petitions/justiceforelderly
03:13 July 12, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Nanny cams placed by family members might work too.
15:12 July 14, 2011 by jacquelinee
Maria Larsson

Children and the Elderly Minister

of Social Affairs

"My vision is to make it easier to live in Sweden. Children should be able to have a secure childhood with adult present and without drugs. People with disabilities should be able to participate in community life and work. And when you get older you should be able to remain the person you were before. "
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