- Pensioner Evelyn Gow could not be taken to the ward due to lack of beds
- Former headmistress left ‘crying, breathless and distraught’
- The case was reported to the Scottish Health Secretary as ‘morally abhorrent’
A 96-year-old woman battling pneumonia was left on a trolley at A&E for 40 hours.
The health secretary was informed yesterday that pensioner Evelyn Gow could not be taken to the ward due to lack of beds.
In the latest shocking example of NHS chaos under the SNP, the former headmaster was left ‘terrified, crying, unable to breathe and disoriented’ in a dangerous corridor at an Ayrshire hospital.
The case was described as ‘morally abhorrent’ for Health Secretary Hamza Yusuf, who has faced demands to tear down and rewrite his NHS recovery plan.
During a Holyrood debate on the healthcare crisis, Scottish Tory health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane raised the case of a great-grandmother, who was taken to A&E by ambulance after she collapsed last Thursday.
His son, the GP, 39, said his mother feels he has ‘lost his dignity’ because of the ‘devastating and completely unacceptable’ situation at the University Hospital crosshouse in Kilmarnock.
Pensioner Evelyn Gow could not be moved to a ward at the University Hospital crosshouse in Kilmarnock due to a lack of beds (pictured), the health secretary was told yesterday
While the latest case of NHS chaos emerged in Scotland, NHS England is facing a crisis of its own. NHS figures show 6.8 million patients queued for regular hospital treatment in July, the equivalent of one in eight people. About 380,000 have been waiting for more than a year
Emergency unit data shows that three in 10 people in England were forced to wait more than four hours in A&E departments in August, while nearly a thousand waited as long as 12 hours per day went.
Ambulance response times in England recovered slightly in August but the time it took for paramedics to get to the scene was still well above target.
Cancer patients who started treatment within two months of immediate referral increased from 59.9 percent in June to 61.6 percent in England in July. But this figure is below the 85 percent norm, which hasn’t been affected since 2014.
During the Holyrood debate on the healthcare crisis, Scottish Tory health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane (pictured) took up the case of a great-grandmother, who was taken to A&E by ambulance after she collapsed last Thursday.
Dr Norrie Gow said: ‘She is usually fit as a fiddle and is left alone with the help of wonderful caregivers, but suddenly developed a chest infection that wiped out her legs.
Quirked, taunted and even slapped: Secret BBC Panorama investigation uncovers ‘toxic culture’ at one of the UK’s largest NHS mental health hospitals
Staff at one of Britain’s largest mental health hospitals have been quipped, taunted and even slapped patients, according to a poorly conducted BBC investigation.
A ‘toxic culture’ at the Edenfield Center in Prestwich, Bury saw nurses humiliating vulnerable people suffering from schizophrenia, autism and other conditions.
An undercover reporter for Panorama, who spent three months working there, noticed staff abusing patients, withholding inappropriately and even sexually abusing them.
Patients in hospital are kept under the Mental Health Act and are considered to be at serious risk of harm to themselves or others. Some of them have committed crimes including murder.
The whistleblower had claimed that the employees were behaving poorly and violating the safety of the residents of the institute, leading to a covert investigation.
The police have now started investigations into the hospital, which has a capacity of 150 patients, shown painful footage. Officials looking at the evidence said anyone caught committing the crime would be prosecuted.
The investigation, which aired last night, showed nurses abusing patients, calling the suicide survivor a ‘fat c***’ and making fun of her own throat slit.
Patients were kept in small secluded rooms designed for short-term isolation, some of which smelled of sewage and mildew for months at a time.
Experts said the staff’s behavior was dangerous and ‘really worrying’, adding that they ‘acted like a gang, not a group of health care professionals’.
‘When she arrived at A&E she was diagnosed within 90 minutes and needed a hospital bed but there were no beds available.
‘The staff was apparently completely weary but luxurious and very apologetic, but due to the lack of beds they had to be carried on a trolley to wait in the aisle.
‘It absolutely stood out with patients, and it’s no exception – it’s the norm now.’
He said Mrs. Gow, who has six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, ‘held my hand and did not want me to leave her’.
He said: ‘She hated it. She was completely distressed, frightened, crying, breathless and disoriented.
‘It was horrible to watch, and it was horrible to leave him.’
Last week, data showed Scotland’s A&E wait times were the worst since records began, with 36.5 percent of patients not being seen within the four-hour target.
Mr Yusuf was denounced for appreciating the slight improvement in this week’s figures, with Dr Gulhane calling him ‘unfit to be in charge of health’.
Nicola Sturgeon and Mr Joseph have both attempted to shrug off the blame by claiming the NHS is underperforming in England and Wales.
Despite Dr Gulhane challenging him to respond, the health secretary failed to acknowledge Mrs. Gow’s traumatic experience.
Dr Gow said: ‘Hamza Yusuf was asked if he considered it morally abhorrent and he completely ignored it. I think it just shows that the policy is to ignore the facts and ignore the crisis in healthcare.
‘It’s a sign of denial from him and the First Minister, and until they recognize it, they’re not going to implement the measures that work.’
Mrs Gao, who worked in Hyaux Primary…
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