Injured man waits 19 hours on hospital floor with shackled inmate – revealing state of public health system

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Injured man waits 19 hours on hospital floor with shackled inmate - revealing state of public health system



Injured man waits 19 hours on hospital floor with shackled inmate – revealing state of public health system

The injured 57-year-old had to sleep on the cold, hard hospital floor as a handcuffed inmate was among other patients waiting.

The ordeal of an injured man in the emergency department, where he had to sleep on the floor of the reception area as he waited for minor surgery, has sparked outrage across the state of the public health system.

Gary Radford was among dozens of people who waited hours for treatment at Blacktown Hospital in Sydney’s west on Monday night, some sleeping on the floor and others sitting next to a shackled prisoner under handcuffed and armed guard.

Mr Radford, 57, was so upset about sleeping on the cold, hard floor, he called 2GB on Tuesday morning – while he was still waiting to be seen – to vent his anger.

‘I was lying on the tiles because there was no bed. I brought my own jumper and folded it up so I had a pillow,’ she told host Ben Fordham.

He said, about 40 more people are waiting. ‘There are probably 10 of us who have been here for 18 to 24 hours,’ Mr Radford said.

Gary Radford (pictured) was among dozens of people waiting overnight at Blacktown Hospital, with some sleeping on the floor like him.

He went to his GP on Monday with a wound on his leg and was advised to go to the hospital, which is 34km west of Sydney’s CBD.

After initial consultation and treatment, Mr Radford was told he would need a minor operation the next day but could go home in the meantime as there was no bed for him.

But he was in great pain and decided to stay there.

NSW Health said he could have accessed a scheme called Hospital at Home which is designed to prevent avoidable admissions.

NSW Health Minister Ryan Parke told 7News that Mr Radford was ‘actually seen fairly quickly, he was seen again a few hours later, then given pain medication’.

Other patients were handcuffed and forced to sit next to the jailer under armed guard (pictured).

Gary Radford went to his GP on Monday with a cut on his leg (pictured) and was told to go to Blacktown Hospital

Another emergency patient at Blacktown Hospital, Ayesha Sandys, said she had been waiting for 12 hours with heart pain, which was an ‘eight out of 10’.

‘So it was pretty serious. I knew it was going to be a long wait, but I didn’t expect it,’ he told 9News.

‘One (patient) was talking to me and he said he’d been here 11 or 12 hours, too.’

During the NSW election campaign in March, now Premier Chris Minns visited Blacktown Hospital at midnight to highlight the experience of delays there.

Emergency patient at Blacktown Hospital, Ayesha Sandys (pictured), said she had been waiting 12 hours with heart pains that were rated ‘eight out of 10’.

Four months after that election, the new government said it was still in the process of improving patient care in Blacktown.

‘In terms of resourcing, it wasn’t a focus and hasn’t been enough of a focus for a decade. We’re trying to turn it around,’ Mr Park said.

But opposition health spokesman Matt Keane said the situation had worsened under the new government.

‘Labour promised none of these things would happen on their watch,’ Mr Keane said.

‘They promised things would be better under Labour, and what we’re seeing is that things are worse.’

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