The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it was 'completely unacceptable' for patients to wait two and a half hours to be admitted to Accident and Emergency in Middlesbrough.
The delay took place on the 27th September at The James Cook University Hospital. Hospital managers have described it an as 'exceptionally busy' day.
The issue was raised by the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop during health questions in the House of Commons. He asked Mr Hunt what he would be doing to ensure the problem isn't repeated.
In response, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was 'extremely concerned' by what happened, describing the delay as 'completely unacceptable'. Mr Hunt said he would be following the issue closely.
Watch Tom Blenkinsop's exchange in the House of Commons with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt:
Mr Blenkinsop later said:
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says pressure built up following an exceptionally busy period in A and E. This was coupled with the fact that fewer patients than usual could be discharged, owing to the seriousness of their illnesses. The Trust added: