Welsh Health Secretary not asked about woman who died on floor after waiting over five hours for ambulance

In the Guardian yesterday:

A 58-year-old woman died alone curled up in a blanket on the floor of her bedroom as she waited more than five hours for an ambulance. Relatives of Rachel Rose Gibson believe she had a heart attack at her home in Wrexham, north Wales, only a short drive away from a hospital, but died before an ambulance reached her.The Welsh ambulance service said that on the day Gibson died, its crews spent more than 700 hours waiting outside hospitals for patients to be admitted, which meant they could not respond quickly to people needing help.


No Welsh Labour Government politician is door-stepped, no opposition politician speaks out. The ambulance service blame the A&E departments.

The Mirror and the Mail reported the same story in exactly the same way with no politicising.

In Scotland on 22 April 2022:

A pensioner who later died, lay in agony on her floor for hours as ambulances sent to assist her were diverted to other calls. Sheila Bruce, 83, was left in an “undignified” state before passing away in hospital a few days later.

Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “It is desperately sad to hear of Mrs Bruce’s passing following this ordeal for her and her husband.

“It is unacceptable that anyone should be left lying on the floor after a fall but for a 999 call to be made and the patient left for seven hours in pain, is disgraceful.

“I know ambulance staff are working as hard as they can but they have been let down by years of mismanagement by the SNP government.

“The Cabinet Secretary, Humza Yousaf, has been told about the problems time and time again and he has failed to act. He needs to address this problem now so no other family has to go through this heartbreak.”

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “I extend my sincere condolences to Sheila Bruce’s family and friends.

“The ambulance service are rightly investigating all the details of this distressing incident and will share the findings and lessons with Mrs Bruce’s family.


In Scotland in December 2022:

The family of an 85-year-old gran hit out yesterday after she broke her hip and was forced to wait 19 hours for A&E treatment — as fresh calls were made for Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to be fired. 

Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “The SNP promised to get a handle on this crisis before we faced the worst pressures of the winter.

“Instead, we are facing Christmas chaos in our A&E despite the tireless efforts of staff. 

“The SNP has had months to tackle this crisis and have made no progress. They are not fit to run our NHS.  Humza Yousaf has failed as Cabinet Secretary for Health. What Scotland needs for Christmas is a new health minister.”

Scottish Tory shadow health secretary Dr Sandesh Gulhane piled in: “With each passing week, Humza Yousaf continues to preside over complete chaos in  A&E.

“His tenure as Health Secretary has been nothing short of a disaster and Nicola Sturgeon must sack him immediately.”


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