Four-year-old boy forced to sleep on hospital floor due to lack of beds

December, 2019
United Kingdom (England)

A four-year-old boy was forced to sleep on a hospital floor as he waited for more than eight hours in A&E.

Jack Williment-Barr laid down on a coat in Leeds General Infirmary’s emergency department after being taken to hospital with suspected pneumonia.

A photo showing him sleeping on the floor of a clinical treatment room has been widely shared online after it was published by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Sunday.

“It was chaos,” Jack’s mother Sarah Williment, who took the picture, told the newspaper. “The NHS is in crisis... It was so busy. There are just not enough beds.”

Jack was eventually given a bed on a ward after 13-and-a-half hours at the hospital. He was later discharged after being diagnosed with Influenza A and tonsillitis.

Hospital bosses have personally apologised to the family for the long wait in A&E, which they blamed on “exceptionally high levels of demand”.

It comes amid intense debate about the future of the NHS ahead of the general election on Thursday.

Labour, who claim the Conservatives want to sell off the NHS in US trade talks, described Jack’s ordeal as “absolutely horrendous” and called on the prime minister to apologise.

The four-year-old was initially given a bed in the paediatric emergency department but was then moved into a clinical room because the bed was urgently needed by another patient.

The clinical room was only equipped with chairs and Jack ended up lying down on the floor with an oxygen mask on a coat.

Source: Independent