Outrage at catalogue of crime at Barrow hospital
Last updated at 10:18, Tuesday, 06 May 2014
A SHOCKING number of thefts from Furness General Hospital can be revealed today after figures were obtained by the Evening Mail.
The Mail submitted a freedom of information request after learning an elderly patient had two handbags stolen in quick succession while she was an inpatient earlier this year.
The results show 60 thefts were reported to police between 2009 and 2013.
It is understood many more were not reported.
The worst year was 2009, when 23 thefts were reported. Of the 60 items, only four were recovered.
Police made four arrests and two charges over the period.
The thefts were committed across a variety of wards.
They include the maternity unit, medical assessment unit, A&E, the out-of-hours GP service and Dane Garth.
Items stolen include 13 mobile phones, five bank cards, 14 amounts of cash, store vouchers, two handbags and two purses, three rings, make-up, more than 30 sterile needles, a Nintendo Wii, a Dell laptop, a PSP handheld console, a plasma TV, an iPod nano, memory sticks, a mountain bike, blank medical prescriptions and oxygen cylinders.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Founation Trust, which runs FGH wished to point out it was not the only provider of services on the site.
For example, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust also provide services and operates Dane Garth.
Dan Willis, local security management specialist for the hospital trust, said: “We see a small, and reducing, number of thefts taking place on our hospital site.
“It is absolutely disgraceful that people should think of committing any illegal act, with victims either being those who are sick or ill and their loved ones, or those caring for them. Security is something we take extremely seriously and while incidents are rare, the trust has taken measures to ensure the security of patients. Should any incident take place, we will not fail to act.”
Inspector Mike O’Hagan, of Barrow police, said: “The hospital is a busy environment with numerous people coming and going every day.
It is important that people remember that a hospital is a public area and as such they need to take simple precautions to keep their property safe.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone visiting a hospital to take care of your personal possessions in the same way you would at, for example, a hotel.
“If you notice anyone acting suspiciously please tell someone immediately.”
First published at 14:10, Monday, 05 May 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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60 in five years - that's one a month?
"Understood many more were not reported" - understood by who?