Sick baby forced to wait six hours for hospital bed

General Election 2019
General Election 2019

The Tory election campaign has been rocked again with images of another child suffering under the cash-strapped NHS.

Following the outrage of a sick four-year-old boy forced to lie on a hospital floor because of a lack of beds - an image Boris Johnson couldn't bring himself to see - it's been revealed that a nine-month-old baby had to wait six hours for a bed.

Jack Williment-Barr's mother, Sarah Williment, covered him with coats to keep warm as he waited for a bed at Leeds General Infirmary to be treated for pneumonia.

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GMB host and former Mirror editor Piers Morgan wondered if the image would derail Johnson's election campaign.

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Now Louise Webb, 23, has contacted The Mirror after her baby, Lily, was forced to wait six hours for a bed.

Louise had taken Lily to the Countess of Chester Hospital near their Ellesmere Port home, after she deteriorated following weeks of illness.

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"To sit in a hospital and see at first hand the situation, it really opens your eyes," she told the Mirror.

Dr Susan Gilby, chief executive at the hospital, said: "We apologise to anyone who has to wait longer than four hours. We would be very grateful to receive their feedback."