Piers Morgan reveals his own mother waited nearly seven hours for treatment after suffering a heart attack and blasts Rishi Sunak for allowing NHS hospitals to become ‘warzones’

Piers Morgan launched a scathing attack on Rishi Sunak over the treatment of his ‘terrified’ mother at an NHS hospital where she was left to languish on a bed in the corridor for almost seven hours after suffering a heart attack has.

The Prime Minister admitted it was ‘shocking’ that 79-year-old Gabrielle ‘could have died on a trolley in A&E’ at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The Talk TV host told how his mother went to the hospital at midnight on a Monday in November when she started experiencing chest pains.

Tests revealed she had a heart attack, but there were no beds available on the cardio unit.

Gabrielle was instead put on a trolley in the corridor with around 40 other patients who were crying in pain and begging for bottles to go to the toilet, in what was described as a ‘war zone’.

Piers Morgan has launched a scathing attack on Rishi Sunak over the treatment of his 'horrified' mother (pictured together)

Piers Morgan has launched a scathing attack on Rishi Sunak over the treatment of his ‘horrified’ mother (pictured together)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted it was 'shocking' 79-year-old Gabrielle 'could have died on a trolley in A&E'

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted it was ‘shocking’ 79-year-old Gabrielle ‘could have died on a trolley in A&E’

Mr Morgan revealed the emotional personal story when he grilled Mr Sunak during an hour-long sit-down interview at No 10.

Recounting the night three months ago, he told the Prime Minister that his sister, Charlotte, was fortunate to be able to go with his mother as he described the ordeal she had to go through.

“And she was seen when she got there, and then she was put on a trolley in A&E, in a corridor, for almost seven hours,” he said.

‘The battery of the heart monitor has run out. Nobody fixed it. At one stage no nurse came for three or four hours. There were between, she reckons, 35 and 40 other people on trolleys in the corridors of this A&E, most of them elderly people without people.

‘She said old men begged for bottles to urinate in, others cried in pain or discomfort. She said it was a scene from a war zone. And she couldn’t believe what she was seeing.’

The battery ran out twice on Gabrielle’s heart monitor during the overnight stay as there were no electrical sockets nearby and it took 15 minutes to replace it. On both occasions, it was her daughter who noticed the problem.

Mr Morgan said: ‘And of course she was also terrified, after being told, ‘You’ve had a heart attack’, that no one had put her in the unit and actually tried to fix her.’

Mr Morgan with his mother Gabrielle at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018

Mr Morgan with his mother Gabrielle at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018

He went on to say: ‘Once she got up there, the treatment she got was world class. She was fixed within 36 hours.

“But I brought this one picture to show you. This is my mother, who worked all her life, right? Paying taxes all her life. And when she really needed the NHS. Yes, finally the NHS came through. But she could have died on that trolley and I think that’s shocking.’

Mr Morgan added: ‘It was a Monday night, Prime Minister. It wasn’t even a weekend. It’s not even a big city, it’s Brighton. And there were 40 odd people on trolleys in a corridor. I mean, I found it, how could that happen?’

Write in The sunMr Morgan said his mother’s blood pressure was ‘dangerously out of control’ and she was uncontrolled from 1am to 4am.

“It’s a very long three hours for anybody when they know they’ve had a heart attack and think they might be dying,” he said.

Mr Sunak agreed it was a shocking story and admitted ‘it is not good enough the performance in A&E and ambulance waiting times’.

But he refused to admit that the Tory government had failed the NHS since the party came to power in 2010, as ‘we are also dealing with the backlog and the legacy of COVID, which has just had an impact’ .

He also appears to have a whip for striking nurses and doctors, as Mr Sunak admitted he had failed on a promise to cut NHS waiting lists which are nearly half a million more than they were at the start of last year .

Mr. Sunak said, “Yes. And we all know the reasons for that and what I would say to people is look we’ve invested record amounts in the NHS, more doctors, more nurses, more scanners. All of these things mean that the NHS is doing more today than it has ever been. But industrial action has had an impact.’

Recent NHS figures showed that more than 150,000 patients – or one in nine – had to wait 12 hours to be seen in A&E in December.

The full interview will be available to watch on Piers Morgan Uncensored’s YouTube channel from Monday at 2pm or on TalkTV at 8pm on Monday evenings.

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