Masked 'journalists' try to take pictures in Grimsby hospital's A&E department
TWO masked men – believed to be photographers working for the national tabloid media – attempted to take pictures inside A&E at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.
It is thought that the men, who were wearing hats and scarves pulled over their faces, were trying to get photographs in the wake of a report criticising high death rates at the hospital.
As reported, almost 300 more people than "expected" died during or shortly after being treated in hospitals managed by the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in one year.
The figures were revealed last week as part of the first phase of a Transforming Health Review, which looked at death rates at the three hospitals managed by the trust, in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole.
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Shortly after the review was published – highlighting concerns over staffing levels and hygiene – two masked men were seen walking into cubicles in the A&E department and are believed to have been attempting to take photographs of patients.
One patient, who did not wish to be named, said: "These men were walking in and out of the cubicles with their faces covered and looked like they were trying to take pictures on their cameras.
"They were in A&E for a while and then they moved on.
"It was quite intimidating because nobody knew what they were doing or why they were there."
A spokesperson for the trust said they believed the men were journalists from a tabloid newspaper.
Jug Johal, head of transport, car parking and security, at the hospital, said: "Security were called to the emergency care centre after reports of suspicious activity.
"However, when security arrived the people had left the department.
"A search of the local area was undertaken but they had already left the site. An incident form was completed."
As reported, 40 recommendations were made in the report to help the trust reduce its mortality rates. These included the need to urgently review nurse staff levels, resolving the pressure on beds at Grimsby's hospital and improve the use of bedside documents.
The trust claims many of the recommendations have already been addressed.