Brian Gibb left behind four children and nine grandchildren [Image: Jim Ryder].

It seems the troubles that have beset the NHS in England – since the Conservatives started privatising parts of it and running down the rest – have spread to Scotland.

Can anybody doubt that Brian Gibb would be still alive if he had received proper medical care at the right time? And can anybody doubt that he did not receive that care because of staff shortages?

The fact that the doctors he did see did not carry out proper procedures must be investigated, of course, but what is the underlying problem?

Is it that the amount of funding received by the NHS in England affects the amount received by the service in the other UK countries? Is it that, as England loses funds, so do the others?

A grandad died less than 24 hours after hospital doctors sent him home with Gaviscon because the heart attack ward was closed.

Brian Gibb, 69, who was suffering from chest pains, arrived at [Galloway Community] hospital on a Saturday night to find the ward for heart attack and stroke patients closed because of staff shortages.

His family say medics gave him an electrocardiogram scan but did not do a blood test which would have shown whether he had suffered a heart attack.

Instead, he was given Gaviscon, which is widely used to treat heartburn and indigestion, and told he could go home.

Brian’s wife Margaret, 67, found him dead in bed the next day. He left four children and nine grandchildren.

Margaret is now demanding answers about the care Brian received before he died on Sunday, July 9.

The family are waiting for a post mortem but suspect Brian suffered a heart attack.

Community leaders have been alarmed by staffing problems at the hospital, including on the Garrick Ward for heart attack and stroke patients.

Lack of staff has seen the hospital’s accident and emergency department downgraded to a minor injury unit.

Source: Grandad died hours after doctors sent him home with Gaviscon because heart attack ward was closed


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