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Letters An unsafe ward

Allow relatives to stay overnight with vulnerable adults to make wards more safe for them

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 02 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1752
  1. Rajat Srivastava, general practitioner1
  1. 1Abbey Medical Practice, Wellingborough NN8 1LT, UK
  1. srivastava{at}

Shakespeare’s reflections of events around her father’s death were heartbreaking—“the whole system ignored him.”1

As a paediatrician in training, I worked on wards where children were admitted overnight. An adult always stayed with them, partly because the children needed an adult near them. However, the family also took the child to the …

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