An elderly man was left lying in pain on a city centre pavement for TWO hours waiting for an ambulance.
Witnesses said the pensioner, believed to be in his 80s, lay writhing in agony as paramedics were too busy at other incidents to come to his aid.
Shocked bystanders sent images of him man lying right on the edge of the pavement when an ambulance eventually showed up in a bid to shame the emergency services for their lack of response..
Witnesses said police had to stand in the road to stop cars from hitting him in the city centre of Plymouth, Devon.
South Western Ambulance Service said the delay was due to resources being stretched on Monday afternoon, due to 11 serious incidents in the area.
A spokesman said: “The trust received an initial 999 call at 11.56am reporting that a male had fallen and was reported to have sustained a suspected knee injury.
“A second call was received at 12.23am confirming that the man’s condition had not worsened.
“A paramedic was on scene at 14.05am and began treating the patient.
“During the time of the initial call until the time an ambulance arrived at the scene the trust was dealing 11 time-critical life-threatening incidents in Plymouth alone including cardiac arrests and possible strokes.
“We have a finite number of resources and will always prioritise life-threatening calls.”