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Authorities decline to report suspended nurses

Rebecca Martin · 20 Jul 2011, 07:18

Published: 20 Jul 2011 07:18 GMT+02:00

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“We have no bruises, footage or recordings to show. One of the nurses has not admitted to any allegations and in many ways it is word against word,” said Eva Abrahamson at the municipality to Folkbladet.

The nursing home in eastern Sweden made the papers following reports in the beginning of July 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 of age at the time, was subjected to her own fist being shoved in her mouth.

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.

But the slew of complaints received from concerned relatives regarding the reinstated nurses caused local authorities in the municipality to change their minds and remove the nurses from the nursing home again.

However, despite the many reports from the other nursing home staff, and from patients’ relatives, some of which have already reported the matter to the police, local authorities don’t intend to follow suit.

According to Abrahamsson, who has spent three months investigating the case, the Lex Sarah reports against the two nurses hinge on the information received by the nurses’ colleagues.

“Some of the allegations are correct but regarding some things it is really their word against someone else’s,” said Abrahamson to Folkbladet.

However, the paper also reports that the chief prosecutor of the area, Torsten Angervåg, decided last week to open a preliminary investigation into the matter as he suspects a crime may have been committed.

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“He will make the call if a crime has been committed or not. Then we will know whether or not we have done the right thing,” said Anette Ödalen, head of care services at the municipality to Folkbladet.

Both nurses are currently suspended from work on full pay while waiting for the municipality to decide whether they will be allowed to return to their old jobs.

Lex Sarah is a law obliging staff in the care industry to report instances of mistreatment to social services.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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10:48 July 20, 2011 by jacquelinee
I have sent emails to the authorities responsible for this disgusting story as well as over 50 news agencies worldwide including the New York Times. I have sent the email to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) that has ranked Sweden in the top 5 for elderly care.


"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - A. Einstein



socialkontoret@norrkoping.se -Britt-Marie Persson

norrkoping.kommun@norrkoping.se - Lars Karlsson

http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/7545 - Maria Larsson



Thank you for being the voice of those who can not. PLEASE READ THIS AND RESPOND
11:04 July 20, 2011 by Tennin
Wow just wow. So does this mean that if parents want to smack their kids all day long but don't leave any bruises on them, and don't feed them a meal a day, that it's ok as long as there is no physical evidence????
11:28 July 20, 2011 by cogito
You are in Sweden now. This is how we do it here in Sweden.
13:14 July 20, 2011 by el dorado
Medical Dictatorship.

Thank you, jacquelinee for your efforts.

For those who actively rally for such causes, please also consider lending a voice for Tommy Boll. Boll has been paralyzed for 15 years after suffering a stroke and has epilepsy as well. Since his injury, an assistant spends 67 hours each week with Boll to assist with eating, bathing, using the restroom, brushing teeth, etc. Boll's injuries are permanent. His condition will not improve.

However, due to ONGOING BUDGET CUTS, the government (F-Kassan) has now decided that Boll needs only 9.5 hours of assistance each week. Boll said that they might as well have told him to dig his own grave. He's devastated. He doesn't know how he's going to eat or use the restroom, etc. He can't sleep at night, and he cried when sharing his story.

13:17 July 20, 2011 by jacquelinee
Please read #1

I have just emailed every newspaper in Sweden as well as I have sent emails to the authorities responsible for this disgusting story and over 50 news agencies worldwide including the New York Times. I have sent the email to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) that has ranked Sweden in the top 5 for elderly care. It is NOT how we do it in Sweden if we use our voices. Along with the above email addresses you can send a private one to Maria Larsson- Sweden's Health Minister for the Elderly ( they tell me she can't do anything -I'm so sure- but maybe if enough people show their outrage she can at LEAST put pressure on)


PLEASE use your voice people. You too will be old someday.
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