A veteran councillor, school governor and magistrate says he feels 'utterly betrayed' after his beloved partner died after waiting eight hours to be seen by a doctor at Wexham Park Hospital.

Jackie King, 83, died soon after 8pm on July 17.

Her heartbroken partner is Geoff Howard, 71, who served on Slough Borough Council for many years representing Cippenham where he lived and worked as a lettings agent.

He had known Mrs King for more than 40 years. But the two - who were both grandparents - became life partners six years ago.

They lived in Chalklands, Bourne End.

Mr Howard said: "She was intelligent, caring, generous, easy going, vivacious - an incredible woman for her age. She should have lived to be 100."

He has written to the Prime Minister, health secretary Matt Hancock and both Slough and Beaconsfield's MPs demanding an inquiry into her treatment at Wexham Park.

He called an ambulance after finding Mrs King slumped on the bathroom floor. She arrived at the hospital at 12.30am where was moved into a cubicle on a trolley where she was seen by three nurses who put her on a catheter, monitored her heart rate and administered pain killers - but no doctor came.

Mr Howard says he was told by the second nurse that 'waiting time was now seven hours but that Jackie would be seen soon as she was the last to be seen on that side of the corridor'.

A doctor finally saw Mrs King at 8.15am and Mr King says she was shocked when he told her they had been there for eight hours.

Moments later an emergency team rushed to the scene after Mrs King complained of terrible pain but it was too late to save her.

Mr Howard is scathing about the hospital's new £49million A and E department, saying: "The best facilities and equipment in the world are no use if there is nobody to use them. The publicity promised that patients would be seen and diagnosed in no time at all. Nothing could be further from the truth in Jackie's case.

"I feel utterly betrayed. Letting the ambulance take her to Wexham Park was a death sentence."

He says he has cancelled an appointment to have minor surgery at the hospital because he does not trust it any more.

He says Mrs King died of an aneurysm - an internal swelling he believes could have been successfully treated if it had been diagnosed when she arrived at the hospital.

A statement from Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust which runs Wexham Park said: "We are sorry for Mr Howard’s loss and to hear his concerns about Mrs King’s care at Wexham Park Hospital. We are taking his concerns seriously and will respond in due course."