A comment from what is only described as “an angry member of the public”:
Patients were left lying for hours in the back of ambulances outside the Ulster Hospital’s accident and emergency department [in Northern Ireland] because it was unable to cope with the number of admissions, it has been claimed.
An angry member of the public said he witnessed seven ambulances with patients onboard parked outside the A&E for two hours on Wednesday night.
“It’s a disgrace,” he said.
“Basically there wasn’t enough room inside the A&E to admit more patients so they were left in the back of the ambulances. While the ambulances were sitting there they were tied up and unable to respond to other emergency calls.”
“A staff member I spoke to said it was like Beirut in the A&E with people lying everywhere. I can’t believe they are telling us the Ulster will be able to cope when the Downe closes at night.”
What a shame I don’t have a name to mail this certificate out.