Saturday, March 24, 2012
Britain: Woman died after Muslim nurse refused to help as he was praying
Alzheimer's sufferer Dorothy Griffiths, 87, was found sitting down after staff heard a bang and a carer went to the office for help to lift her. But agency nurse Abdul Bhutto, who was in charge, said they would have to wait. Carer Zoe Shaw told the Sheffield hearing: "It took between five and ten minutes because he was praying upstairs in the office on his prayer mat. A staff member told me we had to wait for him to finish." An ambulance was not called for nearly four hours after Griffiths fell from bed and cut her head and suffered a gash to her hip at the privately-run Valley Park Nursing Home in Wombwell, near Barnsley. She died later in hospital. Bhutto failed to appear at the inquest and a summons had to be issued for him to attend the resumed hearing later in the year.