Old folk crammed into wards.
Inspectors found there were too few nurses, rain leaked through a rotten window, toilets had no locks in mixed sex wards and day rooms were freezing.
The Scottish Health Advisory Service made spot checks at hospitals for 500 elderly patients in Midlothian and East Lothian.
They included the Eastern General, in Edinburgh, Liberton Hospital and Belhaven Hospital, Dunbar.
A spokesman for patients' watchdog Lothian Health Council, said: "The comfort, privacy and dignity of these patients must be paramount.
"We will be seeking assurances that these issues will be addressed." Jim Devine, of NHS staff union Unison, said: "This looks like a case of care on the cheap." A spokesman for East and Midlothian NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals, said managers had fixed toilet locks and put an end to mixed-sex wards on getting the report.
They also plan to spend pounds 500,000 on upgrading Belhaven Hospital this year and pounds 70,000 improving heating in some wards this month.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Mar 7, 1996|
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