Basic right to die in dignity

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EVERYONE hopes they will end their days peacefully – quietly passing away surrounded by loved ones.

Pensioner Gordon Seaman died accompanied by his family, but that’s all he was afforded at the Northern General Hospital.

Mr Seaman’s daughter Lesley has spoken of her shock and upset that her 78-year-old father was denied a private room, instead taking his last breaths in a busy ward at mealtime.

His final moments were interrupted by the sound of nurses loudly offering patients second helpings of pudding, and to add insult to injury, Mr Seaman’s family felt they had no option but to grieve in the toilets.

To his credit, deputy chief nurse Chris Morley has offered an immediate apology on behalf of the hospital, admitting that a private room should have been provided, but that all available spaces were full due to ‘infection control’.

However, it must be made clear to staff that this should not happen again.

Dying with dignity is a basic right, and for a modern hospital to fail a patient in this regard is deeply concerning.

Businesses back Star Walk 2013

We have had such a great response to our Women of Steel campaign since we launched it three years ago, so we are really proud to have brought back The Star Walk for such a great cause.

It is fantastic that Sheffield companies are also now throwing their weight behind the fundraising campaign – such as Stagecoach.

They are offering discount bus and tram travel to all Star Walkers on the day.

April 28 promises to be a great day out for all ages so whether you are nine or 90, why not sign up today?

It is just a one mile route and with a discount lift from public transport there and back, there is really no excuse.

It’s time for action

WE welcome the introduction of three more 20mph zones in Sheffield as part of the campaign to reduce road accidents in this city.

Schemes in Parson Cross, Upperthorpe and High Green are supported by the police and bus operators because they improve safety.

The question now is, when will these schemes be rolled out across the whole city?

A city with lower speed limits is a safe place to be, and 20mph zones are what people want, so now is the time for the council to act.