'My wife screamed for help all night but it never came'

posted 15 Apr 2010, 03:51 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 15 Apr 2010, 04:07 ]
The husband of a dementia patient who died after her treatment was bungled at a city hospital told today how her screams for help were brushed aside in her final hours.  

Mary Arbuckle, 86, died after failing to receive appropriate treatment when she was admitted to Liberton Hospital with pneumonia.

Her husband Tom, 71, is convinced that a failure to cope with her dementia was the main reason for the flaws in her treatment.  The former US newspaper war correspondent, who lives in Newington, is angry about the "dreadful" treatment he says she received at the specialist care for the elderly hospital.

"It was absolutely dreadful in there, one doctor to deal with 36 patients, and not enough nurses," he said.

Full story from Edinburgh Evening News