Doctor's tweet at Jeremy Hunt goes viral after 16 ambulances spotted queuing outside Queen Alexandra Hospital
A doctor has posted a picture to Twitter showing more than a dozen ambulances queueing outside the Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Dr Jamie Fryer spotted the worrying scene at the weekend and called out health secretary Jeremy Hunt for failing to stop the problem of ambulance queues at hospitals.
The doctor, who is believed to work at the hospital, tweeted: ‘16 ambulances queueing in portsmouth. Just another weekend in may. No flu, no norovirus. Just a normal day. Thanks for ur help @Jeremy_Hunt.’
The picture shows the ambulances queueing on both sides of the access road leading up to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency entrance.
The post, which was published yesterday, has been retweeted more than 700 times.
Replying to the message, Twitter user Linda (@SE25A) said: ‘Trying my best not to be ill....QA is MY hospital, these are MY doctors Jeremy. I care about them, but you are underfunding & understaffing
‘Thank you Dr Fryer for your work at QA. I value you. One day you might save my life.’
And Steve Morton commented: ‘I’ve seen these when delivering blood to QA and i’ve waited half the night in the corridor at A&E with my mum. It’s a regular occurrence.’
A similar scene was spotted outside the hospital in January, when 20 ambulances were photographed - leading to longer waiting times at the A&E department.
South Central Ambulance Service and the Queen Alexandra Hospital has been approached for comment.