A distressed grandmother endured a day-long wait to be seen in an Irish hospital.
Gladys Cummins went to the A&E at Dublin’s Mater hospital with a kidney infection that was bringing on bouts of psychosis.
The 92-year-old woman was left in agonizing pain for 25 hours before a doctor could see her.
Cummins' daughter Dee called RTE radio show Liveline to share the ordeal. The heartbroken woman told the host that family members stayed with Cummins throughout the wait as she was having "manic episodes".
Dee said it is a disgrace that an elderly woman would be left in these conditions and said that after the incident she was starting to "lose faith in politics".
“The problem was that she started to show signs of psychosis and they were afraid that she maybe had sepsis. My other sister went in the ambulance with her and they arrived at 2.15pm on Monday afternoon," she revealed.
92yr old woman spends 25 HOURS on hospital chair waiting to be seen https://t.co/HZBThRkpTu— maurice fitzmaurice (@mofitzmaurice) September 8, 2018
“She was there(in the chair) the whole time. She swapped from a wheelchair because she’s not mobile and had to be assisted everywhere," she continued.
Dee noted that they had blankets all around her mother as there was a cold draft where they were located.
“There was a lot of elderly people there and they weren’t being afforded much dignity," she sadly added.
Irish politician Alan Kelly condemned the incident, describing it as "scandalous".
"It’s absolutely scandalous. What I’m finding out today in relation to where we are as regards to the situation in hospitals is actually getting worse."
“The stories that I am hearing across the country must be the greatest example of the crisis we now find ourselves in when it comes to our hospitals."
“A woman has been left like this is outrageous and a scandal," he stated.
Dee said her mother is now on the geriatric ward and is currently waiting on results.
Gladys Cummins (93) went to the Mater A&E on Monday afternoon. 20 hours later she was still in this chair. Gladys's daughter, Dee will speak to #liveline today. She says that, after this, "I'm starting to lose my faith in politics." @boucherhayes pic.twitter.com/PdDptaqNUZ
— Liveline (@rteliveline) September 7, 2018