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Thanks for your advice.
We have so far hesitated to put in a formal complaint as Dad is still in hospital and we wondered if it would adversely affect his treatment. We did complain verbally to the consultant in overall charge of his case and received a surprising response.
We saw Dad immediately before he was initially started on antibiotic treatment, at which time he was barely conscious and rambling. (That was at 1.00 pm.) at 5.30 pm we received a telephone call to say that he had been started on antibiotics, against our express instructions. We were told that a junior doctor claimed to have had a RATIONAL conversation with Dad during which he specifically asked to be given antibiotics.
We fully accept that, even after creating and LPA, Dad has every right to change his mind. That said, my husband and I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX we are acting in accordance with his wishes and can't believe that this rational conversation ever took place, particularly as both before and since, Dad has been judged by the hospital staff not to be mentally competent to make his own decisions. We're stuck with an 'our word against theirs situation'.
We have no real interest in compensation, by the way. Our only angle on this is that we have failed to carry out Dad's express wishes and thus condemned him to however long he might have left to live in his own personal living hell.
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