Read this, if you can stomach it:
An elderly woman who called 999 complaining of chest pains died while waiting almost four hours for her ambulance to arrive, while in a separate case another pensioner died following a seven-hour wait for a hospital bed.
On Tuesday, an 81-year-old Essex woman called 999 complaining of chest pains, but when paramedics arrived at her Clacton home and forced entry into the property they found the woman dead, according to the GMB union.
East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) said crews arrived three hours and 45 minutes after the initial call was made on Tuesday.
In a separate case, a Portsmouth hospital has vowed to investigate after an 88-year-old woman died following a seven-hour wait for a bed.
Josephine Smalley spent five hours in an ambulance and another two hours on a trolley in a corridor at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
She died on New Year’s Day, after having a heart attack and previously a stroke.
Now read this:
Pictures have emerged of patients lying on hospital floors as they wait to be treated – a situation branded ‘”deeply troubling” by an MP.
It comes as new NHS winter pressure figures revealed that nearly 2,000 patients have been kept waiting in the back of ambulances for more than half an hour outside the district’s A&E departments this winter.
Now Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has released what she described as “shocking photographs of patients sleeping on floors” at Pinderfields Hospital over Christmas.
But a boss for the Wakefield hospital, used by many people from the Spen Valley, told the Telegraph & Argus the patients in the photos “may have chosen to lie down, as seats were provided.”
This Writer has to agree with MagsNews:
Report that patients have been sleeping on the floor at one hospital in Yorkshire as no beds available.
The Trust said ‘they had chosen to sleep on the floor’. That’s all right then 😡#NHSCrisis #NoAccident
— MagsNews (@MagsNews) January 5, 2018
But what does Theresa May have to say? This:
Thank you to the NHS staff who work hard and do a fantastic job for us day in and day out all year round. Their dedication ensures people get the treatment they need – we've put in an additional £437 million to help, so the NHS has been better prepared than ever this winter. pic.twitter.com/0wAclwHSqN
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) January 4, 2018
It turns the stomach.
We think this is an insult to all the NHS staff working their fingers to the bone to cope with the #NHSCrisis, as well as all those patients who are suffering as a direct result of this government’s action – please RT if you do too https://t.co/YRAkBOz8De
— NHS Million (@NHSMillion) January 4, 2018
The Labour Party has it right with the following:
Theresa May can say what she wants, but we all know the truth: our NHS is at breaking point.
Here’s Theresa May vs The Truth. pic.twitter.com/GoQPITuRIE
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) January 5, 2018
The Conservatives’ betrayal of the nation’s health is the shame of Britain.
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