A man who went to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx to have his rash treated was found dead in the emergency room's waiting room eight hours later.
Last Sunday, 30-year-old John Verrier visited the ER at 10 p.m. Verrier's body was discovered by a security guard around 6:40 a.m. Monday morning. According to ABC New York, a hospital employee said he was found "stiff, blue and cold."
The employee—who asked to remain anonymous—explained that the hospital has no policy requiring staff to check how long people have been waiting in the ER, or if they're even still alive. He added that St. Barnabas simply does not have the staff to accommodate all of their patients: "I'm saying he died because not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day. We need more staff at St Barnabas hospital."
Though Verrier's name was allegedly called three times over the hospital PA system, the man said it's "impossible" to check on each person physically.
The hospital released a statement regarding the incident, which the employee said "feels like a cover-up":
Per our policy and procedures, security checked on the patient and others. Video surveillance confirms that he was still active and moving around as late as 3:45 a.m.