THE family of a vulnerable woman who died in an overwhelmed A&E department after overdosing on diet pills, have refused to accept a coroner’s ruling that she intended to take her own life.

Beth Shipsey, 21, of Cover Green, Warndon Villages, Worcester, overdosed on diet drug DNP (2,4 Dintrophernol) on February 15 last year, and was taken by an ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Coroner Geraint Williams gave a narrative conclusion at Worcestershire Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, but said there were “significant failings” in the care delivered by the hospital.

Speaking after the hearing, Miss Shipsey’s dad Doug said, “nothing was done to help save Beth’s life” and “a series of serious and significant failings led to Beth having a cardiac arrest”.

He described how she was “aimlessly wheeled around the A&E department, in and out of the resuscitation room, along the overcrowded corridors in full public view”.

Mr Shipsey said a “simple phone call to the National Poisons Information service” could’ve “triggered a whole sequence of life saving actions”.

“Beth was unlucky enough to be taken to an inadequate A&E department at the Worcester Royal Hospital, which was over crowded, overwhelmed, and understaffed, a First World hospital in a Third World circumstances, even in A&E, Beth stood no chance of survival,” he added.

Doug Shipsey speaks to the press following the coroner's verdict

Mr Williams said Miss Shipsey “suffered with not insignificant mental health issues”.

He said, despite the family’s claims, “the evidence before me, paints a very different picture” as she told both ambulance staff and an emergency doctor she had intended suicide.

“On February 15, 2017, Bethany intended to take her own life and took DNP to achieve that outcome,” he added.

However, Mr Williams agreed that “the quality of total care was significantly substandard” at times on the day of Miss Shipsey’s death.

He referred to emergency doctor Alireza Niroumand neglecting to call the poisons unit and tell colleagues of the risks of rapid deterioration, as “serious medical failure”.

He said, “clinicians failed to take sufficient steps” and there is evidence of “failures in basic care” by various members of staff.

But Mr Williams said he believed it was unlikely Miss Shipsey would have survived regardless of any extra "therapeutic measures" taken.

“I cannot include neglect in my conclusion,” he added.

Mr Shipsey went on to say: “The Hospital Trust and the NHS Improvements concludes Beth died because of a system failure, a system which is clearly very broken.

“As this is happening more and more across the UK. The government’s failure to tackle this makes them complicit in all the harm and death caused to patients.

“The hard-working doctors and nurses are unfairly expected to work and function in almost impossible circumstances, and this undoubtedly leads to mistakes.”

He said he would like to meet Prime Minister Theresa May “to hear exactly how and when she says all this will come to stop in our hospitals across the UK.

“And also when the deadly toxic substance DNP will have proper and effective controls put in place.”

Miss Shipsey had bought the diet pills online from the Ukraine.

Mr Williams said he would also push for a ban on the sale of the drug.