NHS doctor David Wrigley has posted an image that heart-breakingly depicts the impact of almost a decade of Tory policies and underfunding on our National Health Service.
The image shows a young boy, Jack Williment-Barr, ill with suspected pneumonia – and lying on the floor of Leeds Infirmary for four hours last week, after its under-resourced Accident and Emergency department couldn’t cope and the hospital had nowhere else to put him.
Jack waited more than double the ‘four-hour target’ for treatment – and did not receive a bed until thirteen and a half hours later. Happily, he is now doing well and was discharged from hospital.
NHS performance has reached all-time low after all-time low under the Tories.
Source: This is Jack. He’s 4. He lay 4 hours on Leeds hospital floor last week – with suspected PNEUMONIA. Vote Labour to end NHS collapse | The SKWAWKBOX
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My mother found this impossible to believe and says that it was a “set-up.” She is a retired nurse, one who, in her day, ran the world famous Stoke Mandeville Hospital, as was the case, back in the days when nurses ran the show. She finds it impossible to believe that a child, who is suspected of having pneumonia, would be left on the floor; not on chairs, a trolley, on his mother’s lap; anywhere but the cold floor, especially in this day and age, when hospital acquired infection (M.R.S.A.) is still something to consider. A child. She will not accept this as the reality. As a neonatal nurse with over 40 years experience in the N.H.S., she cannot and will not accept that there was nowhere, other than the floor, for this child.
There was a claim that it was a set-up, in the press, of course. It was put about by a close friend of Health Secretary Matt Hancock, if I recall correctly.
If your mother is looking for lies, perhaps she should look there.
My mother is not looking for lies. I don’t know about the claim. I’m just catching up with life in the real world. She told me that, as soon as she saw it, she was suspicious. I don’t know what it true and what it not but based on her experience, she said that no child would be left on the floor, especially if they were suspected of having pneumonia. It’s the fact that the child was left on the floor that she will not accept.
Well, here are the facts: a child with pneumonia was left on a hospital floor.
Do you believe that there was nowhere, other than the floor, for this child? On this, I think that my mother has a point. Note that this it NOT in defence of Boris Johnson, or the Conservative Party but questioning the treatment of the child.
I don’t know the answer to that. What I know is that this child WAS on the floor and had been put there by hospital staff.