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:
Dr Wrigley commented:
This is a picture Boris Johnson doesn’t want you to see. It shows Jack lying on the floor of Leeds Infirmary for 4 hours last week. He has suspected pneumonia.
There were no beds and the A&E staff couldn’t cope. You have a big decision this week. Please vote to stop this chaos
Young 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.
There is only one party in a position to end the Tory-inflicted underfunding, fragmentation and privatisation that has created such chaos and collapse in our NHS that the service is now in ‘winter crisis’ all year round.
For Jack. For your own family. For the many. For the NHS and all who work in it or rely on it.
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