A hospital trust has paid out more than £400,000 in compensation and issued dozens of apologies over an ‘appalling’ catalogue of neglect. In one of the worst ever cases of  multiple NHS failings, patients were left begging for water or left hungry after trays of food were dumped too far from their reach – and one man died of starvation. Another elderly patient had his ribs ‘broken open’ when staff dragged him off a bed with a hoist while others were left lying in their own mess for hours at a time.

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