Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Terminally ill pensioner left in hospital bathroom for 12 hours

A terminally ill pensioner was treated in a hospital bathroom and left for 12 hours because the ward was too overcrowded, it has been revealed. These shocking pictures taken by relatives show 79-year-old Gladys Joynes lying in bed in the squalid makeshift ward in the Royal Liverpool Hospital. They have described the situation was an 'affront to human dignity'. Mrs Joynes, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease, was taken off her drip when the machine's batteries ran out. Pensioner Gladys Joynes lies in her makeshift ward in a hospital bathroom. It could not be plugged in because there were no sockets in the bathroom, which contained a foul-smelling bath, a commode and an overflowing litter bin. Staff had to place Mrs Joynes's tray of food on the floor because there was nowhere else.