Grandfather with motor neurone disease left lying in the middle of road for two hours before ambulance arrived

Ronnie, 87, fell into the line of traffic on a busy road but police were unable to move him due to fears it would worsen his injuries

A grandfather-of-four suffering from motor neurone disease was left lying in a road for more than two hours before an ambulance turned up.

Ronnie Armstrong, 87, fell into the line of traffic while he was putting his bins out.

While police attempted to help Ronnie and make him comfortable as well as direct traffic around him, they were unable to move him for fear or worsening his injuries, reports the Daily Record .

His “furious” family are speaking now speaking out about the agonising two hour wait for help to arrive.

Daughter Patricia McMillan, who works in the NHS, said: “I am furious. I want people to know about this, to show them how bad things are getting.

“It’s not the NHS staff, it is the fact that money is getting stripped out of front-line services.

“It is completely unacceptable for an elderly man to have been left lying in pain on a busy road.

“I first called 999 at 6.10pm on Tuesday after a neighbour called to tell me what had happened. I rushed to the house expecting an ambulance to be there, but it hadn’t arrived.

“Poor dad was lying half on the pavement, with his head out on to the road.

“Police arrived and had to direct the traffic around dad after we made him as comfortable as we could.

“The officers called the ambulance service as well, but still there was nothing. A doctor who had been passing stopped to help and dialled 999, but to no avail.

“It was only at around 8.30pm that a crew finally arrived and got dad into the back of the ambulance and off to hospital.”

Ronnie, a grandad of four, who lives with 86-year-old wife Honor in Lenzie, near Glasgow, was finally taken to the city’s Royal Infirmary.

After an initial examination, he was kept waiting on a trolley for treatment.

Patricia, 53, added: “It makes me really angry that a man of dad’s age who did his national service and worked all his days, is treated like this in retirement.

“His health hasn’t been great for the last few years – he is frail and he needs a bit of help.

“He has been putting the bins out and he has lost his footing. He has had trouble with his hips lately and he has had a really bad fall.

“I think it is reasonable to expect that if someone in his position collapses in the street, they will get the help they need.

“The people in the NHS work really hard but more and more often things like this are happening because the resources just aren’t there.”

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 6.24pm. An ambulance arrived at 8.28pm.

“Ambulances are prioritised according to the clinical need of patients and unfortunately Mr Armstrong waited longer while crews were busy dealing with other emergency calls. We are sorry for the delay.

“The service are recruiting and training additional ambulance technicians and paramedics which will help meet additional demand.”


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