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Pneumonia-stricken woman, 96, was left on a trolley for 40 HOURS in the ER due to lack of beds

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A 96-year-old woman battling pneumonia was left on a trolley in the emergency room for 40 hours.

Retired Evelyn Gaw could not be moved to a ward due to a lack of beds, the health minister was told yesterday.

In the latest shocking example of NHS chaos under the SNP, the former headmistress was left ‘scared, crying, breathless and disoriented’ in a drafty hallway at an Ayrshire hospital.

The case was described as ‘morally abhorrent’ to Health Minister Humza Yousaf, who was faced with demands to tear up and rewrite his NHS recovery plan.

During a Holyrood debate on the health crisis, Scottish Tory health spokesperson Dr. Sandesh Gulhane raised the matter of the great-grandmother, who was taken to the emergency room by ambulance last Thursday after she collapsed.

Her son, a 39-year-old GP, said his mother felt she had “lost her dignity” over the “disastrous and completely unacceptable” situation at University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock.

Retired Evelyn Gaw could not be moved to a ward due to a lack of beds at University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock (pictured), the health secretary was told yesterday

While the latest case of NHS chaos has occurred in Scotland, NHS England is facing its own crisis.  Figures from the NHS show that 6.8 million patients queued for routine hospital treatment in July, equivalent to one in eight people.  Nearly 380,000 have been waiting for over a year

While the latest case of NHS chaos has occurred in Scotland, NHS England is facing its own crisis. Figures from the NHS show that 6.8 million patients queued for routine hospital treatment in July, equivalent to one in eight people. Nearly 380,000 have been waiting for over a year

Emergency services data shows that three in ten people in England had to wait more than four hours in the emergency room in August, while nearly a thousand a day had to wait 12 hours

Emergency services data shows that three in ten people in England had to wait more than four hours in the emergency room in August, while nearly a thousand a day had to wait 12 hours

Ambulance response times in England recovered slightly in August, but the time it took for paramedics to arrive at the scene was still well above targets

Ambulance response times in England recovered slightly in August, but the time it took for paramedics to arrive at the scene was still well above targets

Cancer patients who started treatment within two months of an urgent referral rose from 59.9 percent in June to 61.6 percent in England in July.  But the figure is below the 85 percent standard, which has not been reached since 2014

Cancer patients who started treatment within two months of an urgent referral rose from 59.9 percent in June to 61.6 percent in England in July. But the figure is below the 85 percent standard, which has not been reached since 2014

During a Holyrood debate on the health crisis, Scottish Tory health spokesperson Dr.  Sandesh Gulhane (pictured) raises the case of the great-grandmother, who was taken to the emergency room by ambulance after she collapsed last Thursday.

During a Holyrood debate on the health crisis, Scottish Tory health spokesperson Dr. Sandesh Gulhane (pictured) raises the case of the great-grandmother, who was taken to the emergency room by ambulance after she collapsed last Thursday.

dr. Norrie Gaw added: ‘She is usually as fit as a fiddle and lives alone with the help of wonderful caretakers, but suddenly got a chest infection that swept her off her feet.

Pinched, taunted and even PASSED: secret BBC Panorama probe reveals ‘toxic culture’ at one of the UK’s largest NHS mental health hospitals

According to a scathing BBC investigation, staff at one of Britain’s largest mental health hospitals pinched, taunted and even beat patients.

A ‘toxic culture’ at the Edenfield Center in Prestwich, Bury, saw nurses humiliate vulnerable people who suffered from schizophrenia, autism and other conditions.

An undercover reporter for Panorama, who worked there for three months, witnessed staff swearing at patients, restraining them inappropriately and even acting sexually toward them.

Patients in hospital are detained under the Mental Health Act and are considered to be at serious risk of harming themselves or others. Some of them have committed crimes, including murder.

Whistleblowers had alleged that the staff was behaving badly and infringing on the safety of the people living in the institution, prompting the secret investigation.

Police have now launched an investigation into the hospital, which can accommodate 150 patients, after the harrowing images were shown. Officers who reviewed the evidence said anyone caught committing a crime will be prosecuted.

The investigation, which aired last night, found nurses swearing at patients, calling someone who was suicidal a “fat bastard” and making fun of her cutting her own throat.

Patients were held for months in small isolation rooms designed for short-term isolation, some of which smelled of sewage and were moldy.

Experts said the staff’s behavior was dangerous and “really concerning”, adding that they “acted like a gang, not a group of health workers.”

“When she got to the ER she was diagnosed within 90 minutes and needed a hospital bed, but there were absolutely no beds available.

‘The staff were clearly exhausted but fantastic and very apologetic but had to be taken on a cart to wait in a hallway due to the lack of beds.

“It was absolutely packed with patients, and this is no exception — this is the norm now.”

He said Mrs. Gaw, who has six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, “grabbed my hand and didn’t want me to leave her side.”

He added: ‘She hated it. She was totally upset, scared, crying, breathless and disoriented.

“It was horrible to watch, and horrible to have to leave her.”

Last week, figures showed emergency wait times in Scotland were the worst since registration began, with 36.5 percent of patients not seen within the four-hour target.

Mr Yousaf was convicted for praising a marginal improvement in this week’s numbers, with Dr. Gulhane labeled him “unfit to be responsible for health.”

Both Nicola Sturgeon and Mr Yousaf have tried to shift blame by claiming that the NHS is underperforming in England and Wales.

Despite that Dr. Gulhane challenged him to respond, the health minister did not acknowledge Ms Gaw’s traumatic experience.

dr. Gaw said: ‘Humza Yousaf was asked if he found this morally repulsive and he completely ignored it. I think this just goes to show that the policy is to ignore the facts and ignore that there is a health crisis.

“It’s indicative of his and the Prime Minister’s denial, and until they acknowledge that, they won’t take measures that work.”

Ms Gaw, who worked at Hayocks Primary in her hometown of Stevenston, Ayrshire, has since been moved to a ward with ‘wonderful staff’ and her condition is improving.

dr. Gulhane accused Mr Yousaf of ‘sticking to his flimsy NHS recovery plan, which is not working and needs to be rewritten before winter’.

He added: ‘The workforce planning is bad. The number of vacancies in healthcare has increased by 25 percent in one year and stands at more than 6,000. About 15,000 workers have left the NHS in the past year, the highest number in ten years.’

Occupational health spokesman Jackie Baillie accused Mr Yousaf of ‘dangerous incompetence’, adding: ‘It has been almost 500 days since this Cabinet Secretary took office.

“Unfortunately, his achievements during that time have been disastrous and the consequences have been devastating to our NHS, to the hard-working staff and to patients.”

Across Scotland, 26,403 patients went to emergency rooms in the week ending September 18. One of 8,931 patients waited four hours or more to be seen, 2,697 waited more than eight hours, and 998 waited more than 12 hours.

Mr Yousaf said Dr Gulhane had failed to mention Covid, ‘the biggest shock our NHS has ever experienced’. He added: “To deny the dire consequences of the pandemic … is frankly to deny the reality.

“I accept that it is cold comfort to people who are waiting excessively for ED treatment, but this is not a uniquely Scottish problem – health services around the world face this challenge.

Scotland’s A&E performance continues to be the best in the UK, not by a small margin, but by a decent margin.

“But I accept once again that more needs to be done.”

NHS Ayrshire & Arran said it was unable to comment on a specific case due to patient confidentiality but added: ‘Unfortunately, patients have sometimes waited considerably longer than we would like and for that we offer our unreserved apologies.’

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