Little Hero Samuel Bell warns NHS cuts are wrecking Yorkhill Sick Kid's Hospital.. the place which saved his life
SAMUEL Bell, 15, who was expected to die as a baby, has written to former First Minister Jack McConnell to warn of the damage the drastic hospital cuts will have on people's lives.
SCOTLAND’S original Little Hero has warned that NHS cuts are ruining the hospital that saved his life.
Samuel Bell, 15, was expected to die as a baby from a rare bowel disease, but was saved by staff at his “second home”, Glasgow’s Sick Kids Hospital. He was named Scotland’s Little Hero at the Record’s first Our Heroes event in 2004.
Now, 10 years on, Samuel is fighting for the future of the hospital he loves.
He has written to former First Minister Jack McConnell – his friend since they met at Our Heroes – to tell how cuts have left him feeling “homeless in his own hospital”.
And Lord McConnell last night called for Samuel’s concerns to be addressed “as a matter of urgency.”
Samuel, who will have the latest of more than 40 operations at Yorkhill today, wrote: “After attending my second home in the past few years, I have been noticing a change for the worse.
“They started closing wards to downsize, which has left the hospital short of isolation cubicles, and bed spaces for emergencies.