Boy of 4 spent night on hospi­tal floor

Daily Mail - - News - By Alex Ward

A FOUR-YEAR- OLD boy had to lie on a hospi­tal floor for hours with an oxy­gen mask after be­ing ad­mit­ted for sus­pected pneu­mo­nia.

Jack Wil­li­ment-Barr was taken to Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary by am­bu­lance last week only to be left in a clin­i­cal treat­ment room as there were no beds.

He spent the night ly­ing on a pile of coats, at­tached to an oxy­gen mask, while the depart­ment was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its busiest week since April 016.

Mother Sarah Wil­li­ment, a pri­mary school as­sis­tant from Leeds, de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as a ‘cri­sis’. She said: ‘[Jack] spent eigh­tand-a-half hours in A&E... Jack wasn’t pro­vided with a bed on a ward un­til 13and-a-half hours later.’

Jack was even­tu­ally di­ag­nosed with in­fluenza A and ton­sil­li­tis.

Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock thanked ‘tire­less’ hospi­tal staff, adding: ‘Leeds has been al­lo­cated £600mil­lion of fund­ing as part of our com­mit­ment to build 40 new hospitals.’

Wait: Jack Wil­li­men­tBarr was left for hours on a pile of coats

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