THIS WEEK IN 2000: Patients left to face five-hour wait

Liliana Albulescu from Romania, takes a look at a Romania newspaper with Dr Alan Burnett from Portsmouth Polytechnic

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Patients facing admission to Portsmouth hospitals were kept waiting for an average of five hours because they were so busy.

A bed shortage had also meant other patients had to wait for hours – some on trollies – in casualty at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Both QA and St Mary’s Hospital, Milton, were on red alert because of a shortage of beds and staff.

The average wait was between four and six hours.

The longest waiting time was nine hours.