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All this valuable equipment.. and the NHS just said: 'DUMP IT!'.

Byline: NICK REID Special Correspondent

ATAMWORTH widow has blasted the NHS after health bosses told her to dump hundreds of pounds worth of medical equipment at the TIP.

Marion Slater, 69, was stunned when the NHS refused to take away the expensive medical devices after the death of her partner.

She was told that they were HER responsibility.

The grieving pensioner says she phoned her local pharmacy about the left-over equipment after partner David Jefferies lost his battle with cancer last week.

She was dismayed when they advised her to take the kit - including a battery-powered morphine driver, a drip stand, batteries and dozens of unopened syringes and needles - to her local tip. Marion is now calling on medical chiefs to be more careful not to waste equipment that could be used to help save others.

"It just beggars belief," she fumed. "I was born in 1948, the same year the NHS was founded. It is all I have ever known.

"So to see so much go to waste made me feel really annoyed, to be honest.

"After David's death, I had all this equipment left over. Thinking the NHS would need it back, I called the Community Intervention Team.

"They told me to contact the pharmacy about it, but when I spoke to them, there were not interested and told me to take it all to the tip. This is such a waste.

"I cannot fault the care they gave to my partner - they were absolutely fantastic in everything they did for him. What I can't understand, though, is why they are wasting so much equipment which could be used to save lives.

"I cannot imagine it is cheap.

The NHS is always in crisis. There is always more money needed for it, but if there are ten people like me in Tamworth, and if this is repeated across the country, the amount of money wasted would be in the thousands.

"The doctors will be able to get rid of the needles and they have already taken any left-over morphine.

"They have now said they will be taking the rest of it away, which is good news.

"I am still grieving, though, and all this was the last thing I needed."

Marion was left to dispose of up to 50 needles, syringes, the morphine syringe driver, saline drips, a pack of Duracell batteries, a drip stand and a multitude of other medical equipment and documentation worth hundreds of pounds.

After contacting the Community Intervention Team of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, they told her to take the equipment to the pharmacy, who then advised her to dispose of the equipment herself.

NHS chiefs have since made a U-turn and say they will now collect the equipment. A spokesman from the trust said: "We are working closely with the family to ensure that any clinical equipment is taken away by the clinical team who have been providing support to the family.

"A visit to the family home has been arranged and any additional support required from staff will be provided during this visit."

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 28, 2017
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