Ruth Sauter, the patient's daughter, said she was disgusted by the treatment her father had received.
She told The Daily Mail: "His condition was not life threatening, and nurses had specific instructions to keep close tabs on him.
"'But their appalling lack of care, and cruel behaviour killed my father...It's so much worse knowing that he died alone, thirsty and scared on that ward."
After being admitted in the morning, he was given antibiotics and oxygen, but was later forced to ring his wife to tell her that he was not allowed any more water as he had earlier knocked over a cup.
After ringing the switchboard, a doctor was called to the ward, only for a nurse to tell him that the patient was "overreacting".
This is a product of the English socialized medicine scheme.
It is important to keep in mind that in a socialized medicine scheme, the patient is not the customer. The real customer is the political-class that runs the socialized health-care administrative bureaucracy.
The patient is little more than a notation in a budget allocation.
Trusting your health to the benevolence and competence of politicians and bureaucrats is insane.
FinallyFree at CC Found another article on the same subject. It goes into a little more detail then the one that I found.
See: Dying hospital patient phoned switchboard begging for a drink after nurses said 'No'