Several newspapers to carry to story of how furious ambulance chiefs sent in a major disaster doctor to help an A&E that is so swamped it can only provide a “Third World” service.
It is understood to be the first time one of these senior medics has been drafted in to treat patients at a British hospital.
A member of the hospital trust staff, who has not been named said the A&E is “in crisis”, adding: “It becomes a Third World situation where only the very sickest patients can be treated properly.”
The disaster doctor – known as a medical incident officer – was sent to Worcestershire Royal Hospital because of “unacceptable” delays at the overwhelmed A&E.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said its crews were left to deal with patients for hours.
A spokesman said: “We had outstanding 999 calls that we had no ambulances to send to. Bosses at the hospital in Worcester said they were “working very hard” to avoid a repeat of the major problems on Friday last week.
Ambulance service ‘Major Incident Plans’ usually deal with mass-casualty incidents such as pile-ups and explosions.