Ludlow Hospital: 'You've got a perception problem if you think bed pushes are sexualised', says Richard Madeley

Ludlow Hospital: 'You've got a perception problem if you think bed pushes are sexualised', says Richard Madeley

The hospital turned down the donation (Stock image)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Richard Madeley has said if you think men dressed as nurses taking part in a bed push for hospital funds is sexualised you've got a perception problem.

Ludlow Hospital in Shropshire has turned down a donation of £2,500, because it was raised by men dressed as female nurses and bosses said this was "demeaning."

Peter Corfield, the chair of Ludlow Hospital League of Friends which raised the money told Richard Madeley: "I am just stunned by it really."

Richard also weighed in on the issue and said he believes "you have to have a perception problem" if you think the bed push was sexualised.

Corfield explained that he spoke to the chief executive of the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust Jan Ditheridge last year and she touched on the issue so he "said I see where you're coming from, but I will have a word with the lads and we’ll tone things down.

"This event has been going on for about 30 years and so within our funds there must be elements on money raised from previous bed pushes."

He revealed that the group has been asked to "spend £150,000 on new x-ray equipment" but "if I take this literally at face value I have to turn round and say well I’m sorry it’s all tainted money you can’t have it."

Despite this he is trying to find "a way round this and we’re looking for a mature resolution."

Richard also added that "it is not beyond the bounds of logic to say you might even have somebody who has some kind of coronary episode that wouldn’t have happened if this [predictive electrocardiogram equipment] had been bought with the money you’d raised.

"They’re putting a politically correct point ahead of what they’re there to do, it just makes me so angry, which is to look after the patients."

Listen to the full interview above