A Polish man has complained about the standard of care he received while awaiting treatment at Naas General Hospital last month.
Artur Standers, who lives with his partner Anna Sikora in Clane, says he came to the hospital in “enormous pain” on April 18 and claimed the ambulance was arranged by his GP allegedly after “the hospital refused sending an ambulance.”
Once there, he alleged he was left without pain relief for three-and-a-half hours.
“While I was suffering and screaming because of the pain security was called instead of a doctor. It was the security staff who assisted me later on to get into a friend’s car.”
When Mr Stander complained about “rude and unsympathetic” staff he claims he was told “it is the ‘Irish system’, so I just have to wait at the end of the queue.”
He further alleged he was denied water and said his treatment fell below European standards.
The 52 two year old, who receives a disability pension and has been living in Ireland for the past decade, suggested to the Leader hemay have been treated this way because he is a foreigner.
His arrival at the hospital arose from pain most likely as the result of a severe leg break he suffered.
Instead of “help drug and smile (sic)” he further alleges he was met with “blackmail and intimidation.”
In an email sent to the Leader he asked why Naas Hospital staff do not wear name tags.
A HSE spokeswoman told the Leader that the health authority does not comment on the care of any individual.
“It is the policy of the HSE not to comment on the care of any patient or client. Through our Your Service, Your Say service it is open to any of our service users to comment, compliment or complain about a service, in person, by comment card, through e-mail at email@example.com by letter to any location or by phone at 045 880400, “ she said.