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UK Nurses Complain of Stress, One Quits After Screaming at Heart Attack Patient

UK nurses complain that they are victims of a heartless establishment. But on the very day a survey on their conditions was out, a nurse had to quit in shame after screaming at a heart attack patient, left lying in urine.

Transport manager Mark Wright, 39, was left on a trolley after being admitted to the General Hospital in his home town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, with severe chest pains.

"I was in agony and scared I was having a heart attack," said Mark. "I wet myself, probably due to nerves, and the nurse didn't change me for two hours even after my wife asked her. It was very uncomfortable."

Next day distressed Mark completed a complaint form and gave details of ward conditions. He said: "The stench was unbearable. The ward stank of urine and there was grime all over the floors and window sills. "When my little boy came to visit me he was sick because of the stench. That's how bad it was."

The unnamed nurse, thought to be in her 50s, erupted when she read the form. The nurse told him: "You've got no f***ing right talking like that, no f***ing right to be complaining."

Mark said: "She just started screaming at me, effing and blinding. "She said she was going to retire in a few days and the complaint would affect her pension." It was in front of all the other patients...." Hospital chiefs gave Mark a written apology and told the nurse she was guilty of gross misconduct. She then resigned.

Mark's wife Rebecca, 40, said: "The treatment he received was atrocious and it gets me angry just thinking about it." But then 70 per cent of nurses interviewed in a survey done by Nursing Times magazine say they suffered from physical or mental health problems linked to work-related stress.

Some 44% said their sex life was suffering as a result and a quarter said they had started drinking more. Nursing Times blamed the pressure of financial deficits and the threat of job c
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