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Gran Canaria’s main hospital is under pressure to account for the death of a foreign man who was left in a wheelchair for up to seven hours in the accident and emergency unit.
- Local media reports say the 60-year-old Ukrainian, who is thought to have been a vagrant in the city, went to the unit complaining of severe pains and was put in the wheelchair at the entrance to wait for a doctor to see him. Several hours later, other patients became concerned at the way he was sitting in the wheelchair and the colour of his skin and called for assistance, but the man was dead by the time help arrived.
Reports also say he was a frequent visitor to the hospital and was often given food and clothes by staff, who also tried to find him a place in a Las Palmas home for the elderly.