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Elderly man is forced to sleep on ground of a Bath church amidst a 12 hour ambulance wait

by Alex Collett

An elderly man has been forced to sleep on the ground of a Bath church as he waited a gruelling 12 hours for an ambulance to arrive.

That's according to a Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse who highlighted the case at a cross-party debate at Westminster.

Hobhouse stressed at one instance, a GP surgery ran out of oxygen for a patient because of delays due to a lack of hospital beds.

The elderly man, who wishes to remain anonymous, suffered a suspected broken hip and therefore could not be moved.

He had been enjoying a rendition of Stainer's Crucifixion by choir Canzona, at Christ Church on Julian Road.

When he stood up to stretch his legs during the interval, he lost his balance and fell.

He then had the lengthy wait for an ambulance to come to his aid.

Hobhouse is now calling for a public inquiry to be launched, saying patients in and around the city are facing severe ambulance delays due to a lack of beds at the Royal United Hospital Bath.

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