The footage shows a feeding and medication tube being cleaned using a pen nib
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Secret filming highlights poor care of brain injury victims

Patients with serious brain injuries are being let down by poor care, the BBC's Newsnight programme has learned. Secretly-filmed footage passed to the programme shows examples of patient neglect and ignored safety procedures. Incidents include one healthcare worker cleaning a feeding and medicine tube with a pen nib, and one patient marked as nil-by-mouth being given drinks.

NHS England told the BBC it is working to improve specialist rehabilitation for patients with such complex needs.

The partner of Grant Clarke, who had a massive brain haemorrhage last year at the age of 43 and was left severely disabled, felt compelled to take the extreme action of installing a secret camera in Mr Clarke's room because she had such serious concerns about the care he was receiving at West Kent Neuro-rehabilitation Unit in Sevenoaks.

  • 18 Nov 2013
  • From the section Health