A HOSPITAL worker locked a newborn baby in a CUPBOARD for crying, a damning report reveals.
And a bullying colleague was overheard by a midwife threatening a woman as she struggled during labour — warning her: "Hurry up or I'll cut you."
The horrifying episodes emerged after a four-month investigation by the Care Quality Commission into Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. The probe singled out the Trust's Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex — highlighting its maternity unit where five women died.
It found haughty agency staff who spoke little English had IGNORED dying mums' pleas.
Inspectors' spot checks also revealed massive failings.
Patients at Queen's — where The Sun has called for a care overhaul — had repeatedly complained of birthing wards staffed by uncaring workers.
Other serious problems persisted in the Accident and Emergency unit and department responsible for scans.
The report singled out the Trust as failing to provide basic care for patients, neglecting the elderly — and for delays in surgery and scans.
It said long-standing concerns in maternity services had progressively worsened, and accused the Trust of dismissing patients' complaints.
Barking MP Margaret Hodge said: "It's scandalous. Queen's simply cannot cope."
But BHRT chief executive Averil Dongworth insisted the problems were "historical".
Source: The Sun