Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the death of a pensioner who waited nearly four hours for an ambulance to arrive as shocking proof of an NHS in the grip of a “Tory-made crisis”.
The Labour leader highlighted the tragic case of an 81-year-old woman in Essex who rang 999 complaining of chest pains around 8pm on Tuesday evening.
The woman was still alive when she spoke to the control room again at 9.47pm, but it took another two hours for an ambulance to arrive at her home in Clacton, Essex.
Paramedics then had to break into the property and by the time they reached the woman – almost four hours after her first emergency call – she had stopped breathing and could not be saved.
“This should not be happening in our country. Our NHS is in a Tory-made crisis,” Mr Corbyn told The Independent.
“We are one of the richest economies in the world and …
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