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Ipswich Hospital criticised over care for elderly

26 May 2011 Last updated at 09:56 BST

Serious concerns have been raised by the NHS care regulator about the way some hospitals in England look after elderly patients.

The Care Quality Commission said three had failed to meet legal standards for giving patients enough food and drink and treating them in a dignified way.

They were Worcestershire Acute, the Royal Free, in London, and Ipswich.

The CQC, which carried out unannounced inspections, also raised concerns about three other NHS hospitals.

The commission has published the first 12 results of 100 such inspections.

Angela Lawrence's mother Muriel died at Ipswich Hospital after treatment for a hip fracture. She told BBC Breakfast she believed her mother had not been given the care she deserved before she passed away.

Listen to the response from the Ipswich NHS Trust