Keith Rumley was given painkillers when he visited his GP with back pain
He was eventually admitted to hospital when his health deteriorated
His family claim they were left in the dark about his cancer until his death
Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital said the correct care was given
Published: | Updated: 11:05 BST, 16 September 2019
The family of a fisherman who was in hospital dying of cancer for weeks were not told about his diagnosis until after his death.
Keith Rumley, of Grimsby, had first visited his GP in July 2018 with back pain and was given painkillers on repeated visits.
He was eventually admitted to hospital, where scans revealed he had a metastatic adenocarcinoma.
But his family claim they were kept in the dark while they visited his bedside until his death certificate revealed the diagnosis.
Father-of-five Mr Rumley was in so much pain he was unable to speak or even hold his wife's hand in his final few days.
The hospital, Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, said an investigation found the correct care was given.
Keith Rumley was left on a short-stay ward dying of cancer for weeks, while his family were not told about his diagnosis until after his death
Wife Susan Rumley was unable to hold her husband's hand in his last days because he was in so much pain. She says doctors denied he had cancer
Mr Rumley's wife Susan said: 'He was left there, in a bed, for four solid weeks seeing doctor after doctor.
'After a week he wasn't awake, wasn't talking, wasn't eating and had to be forced to drink.
'It got to the stage that, if I even touched his hand, he'd say to me "please let go of my hand". I'd ask why, and he'd say "Because it hurts. Please don't touch me".
'I felt for him because his dignity was taken away. He wasn't there anymore.'
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