Brigadier John Platt, who won the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery in battle, was left “degraded and humiliated” by his treatment by Salisbury District Hospital, his family said.
Brig Platt had spend five days on a mixed-sex ward during which his hearing aid was stepped on and crushed, his false teeth went missing and his soiled pyjamas were piled up in a locker by his bed for the duration.
He was unable to feed himself and was discharged in an incontinent and confused state, clutching a bag of his dirty clothes.
Brig Platt, who took part in one of the fiercest battles of the Italian campaign during the Second World War, died several days after his hour-long journey home to Morpeth, in Northumberland.
His daughter-in-law Amanda described his treatment as “disgraceful.” She added: “All that he had at the end of his 101 years was his dignity and they took that away from him. You just don’t do that to people … I was so furious. I think respect in that situation is the same as compassion.
“I just can’t believe that any hospital would keep excrement-covered clothing in a locker for five days. I got the impression this lack of attention must be endemic because it was so lightly treated.”
Brig Platt was awarded the DSO for bravery after leading men of the 2nd Bn, the Somerset Light Infantry, in an assault across the Gargliano River in May 1944. He was wounded twice during the operation.
The NHS struggles from deficit to deficit. Yet successive Tory and Labour governments spend billions on foreign aid, immigration, illegal wars in the Middle East, bloated civil service jobs, peerages-for-pals and other scandals.
Is this the nation which we have become?
As the Old Year draws to a close, let us never forget the sacrifice of heroes such as Brig Platt. Let his sacrifice be an inspiration, and let his treatment at the end of his life serve as our inspiration for revenge upon this treasonous establishment.
Barnsley Nationalists & The BNP News Team wishes everyone the best for the New Year.