A desperately ill Birmingham woman was sexually assaulted and harassed by a hospital volunteer as she lay helpless in bed.
The pneumonia patient at Good Hope Hospital was unable to escape her assailant, who repeatedly made lewd advances. The married woman, from Boldmere, who is too frightened to be named, said the ward volunteer tried to climb into bed with her during her two-week stay. She was unable to move because she was wired up to medical equipment.
Good Hope bosses have promised that the man, aged in his 50s, will never work as a volunteer at the hospital again and have warned other hospital trusts about him.
But his victim, aged 64, has criticised police for only cautioning him. "I was petrified and so ill, but he kept turning up day after day," said the pensioner.
"He brought the tea round and was friendly at first, but then said the most disgusting sexual things and wouldn't leave me alone. When no one else was around he would describe what he wanted to do to me. He even kissed me, but I was strapped to a machine and couldn't escape.
"The police later told me he admitted everything so they gave him a caution."
The patient had sessions with Victim Support to help get over the ordeal.
Good Hope Hospital spokesman Andy Comber said bosses had informed other hospitals about the unpaid volunteer.
"We were extremely concerned and the police were immediately called in. We have reviewed our procedures to ensure patients are safe."
West Midlands Police confirmed a man had been cautioned for sexual assault.
"A number of factors are taken into consideration for a caution, including any previous convictions, whether the person has fully admitted the offence, and the likely sentence if the case goes to court."