Hospital staff criticised for making fun of spiking victims during game of A&E 'bingo'

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NHS staff at Leeds General Infirmary have been forced to apologise after they were caught playing a game of A&E 'bingo' on Halloween night. The game, which was branded "disgusting" by a whistleblower, saw staff win points for spotting spiking victims (cases of which have risen in recent weeks), patients dressed up in "sexy" Squid Game costumes and homeless people.

The unnamed whistleblower, who attended A&E that night with a friend, said they hoped the hospital and its staff would be "held to account for this disgusting and unprofessional behaviour."

Speaking about the moment they discovered what staff were up to, the whistleblower said: "Unfortunately, I ended up in A&E at the Leeds General Infirmary over Halloween weekend. I noticed that the staff were playing a game of 'patient bingo,' where they scored points for seeing patients wearing certain Halloween costumes."

The whistleblower continued, "This would be bad enough by itself, but the bingo sheet awarded points for things like seeing 'sexy' patients, and made light of homeless people and patients who may have been spiked."

The whistleblower revealed that the game was visible to anyone going into the A&E department that night, and that other categories on the 'bingo' card included "Fisherprice my first MDMA", "Stabby McStabberson" and "Real blood/Fake blood." Photos of the 'bingo' card in question can be seen here, via Metro.

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"I have complained to the hospital directly about this, but am waiting to hear back for a response," the whistleblower added. "It just felt really wrong and I was shocked that the staff would be making a joke out of things as serious as being shot or being spiked, especially since this has been a big problem recently. These are the people we turn to when we’re in need, and they were openly mocking the people they’re supposed to be helping."

Increasing reports of women being spiked on nights out have been making headlines as of late, with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) revealing nearly 300 incidents had been reported in the last two months alone.

In response to the whistleblower's claims, chief nurse Lisa Grant apologised for any offence that the game had caused, confirming that "appropriate action" would be taken against those involved.

"We are extremely disappointed and dismayed that this has happened in one of our hospitals. This is clearly unacceptable," Grant stressed. "We are reminding all colleagues that such behaviours and activities have absolutely no place in our Trust."

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