THE parents of a young woman who died on a hospital trolley after taking an overdose of diet pills have said the Government was "complicit" her death.
Bethany Shipsey, 21, was left stranded on a packed A&E corridor as the pills "burned her from the inside" before being seen by a junior doctor dealing with a drug he had "never seen before".
SWNS:South West News Service Bethany Shipsey, 21, was left on a trolley in a packed A&E corridor � SWNS.com Her parents say they desperately tried to get medical staff to help
An inquest heard she swallowed pills she had bought online from Ukraine before texting a pal saying "I have just overdosed on DNP;("
Her mother Carole Shipsey, 57, who is a trained nurse, told reporters how they counted 27 patients being treated on trolleys in corridors on the night Bethany died.
She said: "There was no communication with us, there was no respect or dignity.
"Bethany literally went in on a trolley that night and she died on a trolley."
Dad Doug, 52, added: "Since Beth's death we are hearing more and more deaths attributed to overcrowded and overwhelmed hospitals.
PA:Press Association Bethany had been in the care of mental health professionals for two years
"This is the UK, it is not a third world country or a war zone."
"We need the Government to stop making excuses. We need them to actually listen to their regulators.
"We need those regulators to act, the Government to act quicker and sooner and realise that ultimately they are complicit in the serious harm and death that people are succumbing to in Britain's hospitals."
Bethany had been in the care of mental health professionals for two years but was not considered a suicide risk despite saying it was her fifteenth overdose.
SWNS:South West News Service Bethany complained she was 'burning from the inside'
She suffered from mental health issues after being sexually assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, Barry Finch, who was sentenced to six years in jail in August 2016.
She was rushed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital – where she was on home leave from a psychiatric ward – following the overdose on February 15 last year.
Last month her parents told a coroner how overworked nurses and doctors overlooked their daughter as they had been busy with other patients.
Nurse Carole said she "had false confidence in my fellow colleagues" as they dismissed Bethany's symptoms a panic attack on the overcrowded A&E unit.
SWNS:South West News Service Carole described her daughter as being a gifted photographer and animal welfare activist
She said at one point she was even forced to try and open her daughter's airways herself because of "complacent" nurses failing to act.
Doug told how he had even tried to show doctors on his phone that DNP was a killer drug as Bethany complained she was "burning from the inside."
Giving evidence, Carole described her daughter as being a gifted photographer and animal welfare activist who was "full of life".
But she said her mental health problems started when she faced bullying on social media and broke up with her boyfriend.
SWNS:South West News Service Staff reportedly thought Bethany was having a panic attack
Carole said: "The overdoses were always quite calculated and she always let people know what she had done, almost like a safety net."
She told the court on the day of Bethany's death she had a phone call from her son saying Beth had taken some diet pills.
She said: "By the time I drove up, it was just after 7pm. She was in the resuscitation area, I am beginning to think this is serious, that's my first thought.
"I looked at her and my first thought was, because she was normally very pale complexion, she was really flushed.
� SWNS.com She was rushed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital
"I went up to her and I kept calm – she was fidgeting around on the bed and she said to me, 'I am burning from the inside.'
"I remember calling the nurse from behind the curtain: 'can you come and look at Beth?' The nurse came over.
"She said, 'you are having a panic attack Bethany'."
Worcester coroners' court heard on the day of her fatal overdose she was treated by a junior doctor who knew nothing about the drug she had taken.
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