Doctors and Nurses Suspended for Playing Facebook 'Lying Down Game'


Trying to get fired? Here's another brilliant idea brought to you by the good doctors and nurses at Great Western Hospital in the U.K. According to the, seven doctors and nurses were suspended after bosses caught them posting photographs of themselves on the Internet lying down on resuscitation tables, ward floors and a heli-pad.

The group, from the hospital's A & E department and Acute Assessment Unit, had been working a night shift and posted photographs of the stunt on Facebook.

Hospital bosses were alerted to the prank by a whistle blower and the medics may now face the sack after being suspended on full pay.

Why would doctors and nurses do such a thing, you ask?

Simple, it's an internet craze. They were playing 'The Lying Down Game.'

Created by Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon, contestants playing 'The Lying Down Game' must lie face down with the palms of their hands against their sides and the tips of their toes pointing at the ground.

The international craze swept the internet earlier this year with 'players' competing to take photographs of one another in unusual locations.

Back at the hospital, a source who refused to be named, described the suspensions as a "nightmare" for those involved.

The source said: "It's a right mess. It's been a nightmare week for them. The person who started it is really worried. It reflects badly on the department.

"It's all very hushed up at the hospital and some may lose their jobs. It's a worldwide game so I heard.

"It was just some nurses and doctors on nights having fun, but photos got onto Facebook and management found out.

"Someone in the department leaked the group, but no-one knows who. Health and safety and infection control issues have all been broken.

Seven of the group, which included doctors and nurses, have been suspended on full pay and will now face formal disciplinary hearings.

The 'Secret Swindon Emergency Department Group', where the images were on show, has been removed by Facebook.

A spokesman for GWH refused to rule out sackings and said: "The disciplinary hearings are yet to take place and we cannot predict the outcome." Dr Alf Troughton, medical director for Great Western Hospital NHS Trust, confirmed the suspensions but denied that patient care was affected.

"The allegations have been thoroughly investigated and seven members of staff remain suspended pending formal disciplinary hearings."

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Every once in a while its ok to blow off some gas..ha couldnt help that. But if they nurse and doctors kept doing it...then....revamping the staff would be a good idea..its all about one cares if you have a pulse at work these days, any ways....ha couldnt help that one...


September 27 2009 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a nurse, I appreciate all of the support from people for the staff at the hospital that got suspended. It is good to see folks who care and understand that most medical personnel are overworked and worn out. Understaffing is the biggest reason. There is usually someone in an office who dictates the staffing by patient count. Of course they are expected to run the hospital on a skeleton crew. So...most patients do not get bedbaths and other special care like back rubs that we are taught in nursing school. There is no time when you are running to do blood transfusions, medications,enemas,etc. Plus trying to admit new patients from the ER and Post Op.etc. Then too, there are families to help and more doctors to take orders from. The fact is...we love our jobs or we would not do them. So if you see a nurse sitting at the desk for 5 or 10 minutes, it is probably to do computer work. If she is laughing with a coworker, it is probably just to relieve some stress. Of course if she is sitting there and you KNOW she is just playing off, then you need to speak up! As for myself and many others in the medical field, the stress relievers are few and far in between. We are working! I am praying that the hospital keeps these docs and nurses. I am sure they are needed there.

September 17 2009 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Docs and nurses in the article were just trying to relieve some of the stress that regular folks do not even know they carry around. Stress in the medical field is real stress! As for that worry about pick up a can of food in the supermarket and put it back, then someone comes in and picks it up and puts it back. Two people have just contaminated a product and no telling what they had on their hands, not to mention the person who stocked it. People, germs are everywhere. Where do you think the germs come from that "breed" in the hospital? Right...people. So, since there is no way to totally sterilize everything in the world. Lets quit posting notes on the nurses and docs who did the photos. Sounds like a neat place to work to me. I think releasing stress and kidding around makes much better medical people! No one can be stony forever just because someone expects it. Wake up. They are also human beings.

September 17 2009 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you want to write to the hospital to help save thier jobs, here is the email address you can write to:
I got it off of the hospital's web site.

September 11 2009 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't get it. Maybe I am the dumbass. I haven't seen this alleged game or ehat it involves, but from what I have gathered from the article; they were fully clothed, nothing harassing was done, and it sounds like a silly game to let off a little bit of steam. I am in and out of hospitals alot, & I have come home with far worse infections than what I went in with. I went in for a simple procedure and came out with MRSA. During my stays I have seen doctors and nurses work straight for 20 plus hours. So they took a few minutes to let off steam. And whose to say it wasn't done on thier own time like a lunch break. To say its some great health hazard to the patients, i just don't see it. Patients (and I have) catch more infections and germs in the waiting room to the ER. Is there a petition or something going around to save thier jobs? If not there should be.

September 11 2009 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This subject is not worth writing anything about as there is nothing that anyones writings would make a change in my life. Lighten up folks it is not the end of the world.

September 11 2009 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What do you think about firing at will?

September 11 2009 at 5:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is such a harmless game. The hospital was looking for away to reduce their staff numbers! Emloyers find all different ways to cut their budgets!

September 11 2009 at 5:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

can people stay on the subject! Many people lke myself have lost their jobs or have been fired, can't find new jobs, and can't get unemployment because states like NH can fire at will and thus people are denied unemployment. It's horrible!

September 11 2009 at 5:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how long was people sitting in a waiting room , wanting to see a doctor, who was just so busy

September 11 2009 at 5:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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