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 Mrs 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. Mr 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.
The “all brown people are bad” wingnuts have jumped on this story already as a sign of the evil Muslims taking over the world. For example, at Jihad Watch they start off with this:
The message that sends is that his prayer time is more valuable than a non-Muslim’s life, even when a prompt response to an emergency is an essential function of his job.
First off we don’t enough about this story. Everything does appear to be one-sided, but let’s assume that side is correct. How does this differ from the push here in the U.S. to deny healthcare based upon religious objections by the provider? Or how about an institution telling a women she can’t get contraceptives to help with medical problems through her employer sponsored insurance, simply because that institution has a religious objection to contraceptives?
If you consider those instances, what the right is pushing here in America is far worse than what happened by an individual in the U.K. The GOP is trying to institutionalize the denial of care based upon religion, not just some individual acting on his own.
This is nothing more than another wingnut attempt to muddy the facts in an attempt to prove that Muslims are bad and Christians are good. To me it proves that all religions are severely messed up. We hear from all religious elements about their “caring God”, yet his attention somehow always trumps the attention required of his ailing children. In that sense Muslims and Christians are very much alike!