A former TV presenter died from “catastrophic” internal bleed after spending four hours waiting on a trolley to see a doctor at an “overcrowded” A&E, an inquest heard.Paul Gage, 59, a Bloomberg News presenter was marked as needing assessment with 10 minutes after he was rushed to the Whittington Hospital , in north London, with severe abdominal pain at around 7pm on March 17 this year.
But St Pancras Coroner’s Court heard the father of three, who used the working name Paul George, was forced to wait for four hours lying on a trolley in agony until he was diagnosed with a suspected aneurysm in his stomach at around 11pm.
The aneurysm – a weakness in the blood vessel wall – ruptured at around midnight while he waited for a scan. He was transferred to the nearby Royal Free Hospital where he died on the operating table.
The hospital’s emergency department was severely overcrowded on March 17, the night Mr Gage arrived, and did not have enough resources to cope, the court was told. The inquest was adjourned to a date yet to be set.