Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards - Telegraph So the maths teacher can be done for taking his sweetie to france for abusing his position of trust, but the blatently incompetent doctors and hospital staff get a "is spared jail" card. The bit, above, about the patient ringing 999 for water and the two responding coppers being told by nursing staff, "Oh, he's just confused. There's no problem." No. Not if you discount the fact he died of dehydration two hours later. There was a media report a year or two ago about some patients reduced to drinking the water from their flower vases. Some of these fuckers need to be locked away, but there's no justice for the dead.