Jeremy Hunt in the firing line as woman dies after being turned away from THREE hospitals
JEREMY HUNT has “blood on his hands,” campaigners blasted yesterday when it was revealed a woman died after three hospitals turned her away due to a shortage of beds.
Mary Muldowney suffered a brain haemorrhage after being refused emergency life-saving treatment last summer, the Health Service Journal revealed.
Inner north London coroner Mary Hassell ruled in a narrative verdict that 57-year-old Ms Muldowney would probably have survived had she received surgery to stem the bleeding.
Keep Our NHS Public warned that shocking government plans to close hospitals and axe thousands of beds mean more people will die.
Ms Muldowney was admitted to East Surrey Hospital in July last year where doctors suspected a bleed on the brain requesting an immediate transfer to a specialist neurological unit for emergency surgery.
However three hospitals — St George’s in Tooting, the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and King’s College Hospital in London — were forced to turn Ms Muldowney away due to a lack of beds.
She was eventually transferred to the Royal London Hospital, but the surgery failed to save her.
In a letter to NHS England Ms Hassell said: “With prompt transfer and surgery, Ms Muldowney would probably have survived. In my opinion, action should be taken to prevent future deaths and I believe that you have the power to take such action.”
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said he was “very sorry” to read of the circumstances around Ms Muldowney’s death.
The news comes after increased pressure on the NHS over the winter period, which saw the British Red Cross brand the desperate situation a “humanitarian crisis.”
Mr Hunt has been accused of “burying his head in the sand” over the scale of the NHS crisis as overstretched services saw people dying on trolleys in hospital corridors.
A politically explosive NHS reorganisation sees 19 hospitals facing closure with a massive £22 billion to be cut from the NHS budget by 2020-21.
The controversial Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have been branded “Slash, Trash and Privatise” by health activists who fear they will lead the the break-up of the NHS and a move to a US-style insurance-based system.
Contained within the STPs are radical changes that will see a staggering 2,000 beds in acute and community hospitals axed with 3,000 jobs lost as part of plans for a “smaller, more agile” workforce.
Keep Our NHS Public spokesman Alan Taman said the death was a damning indictment of the state of the NHS under the Tories.
“Coroners are not given to exaggeration and this one warned [NHS England boss Simon] Stevens plain. People will die unless the NHS stops falling apart,” he said.
“And what do [PM Theresa] May and Hunt do? Wring their hands and tell us how frustrated they are yet do nothing to stop the NHS being pulled apart.
“It’s clear whose hands the blood is on.”
Mr Taman urged people to attend the Our NHS demonstration on Saturday March 4 called by Health Campaigns Together and the People’s Assembly gathering from at Tavistock Place in central London.
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