Volunteers allegedly waited TWO hours for an ambulance after finding a homeless man in “acute pain” in a “stinking” city centre underpass.
The man was discovered on Sunday morning, still in a hospital gown and with a medical tag on his wrist, close to the spot where tragic Kane Walker, 31, died last month.
Birmingham MP Liam Bryne, who was out with Community Street Kitchen volunteers, said they had to “battle for an ambulance” for the 46-year-old to ensure he was “properly looked after”.
The Hodge Hill Labour MP tweeted: “Unbelievable. Homeless Street waited two hours for ambulance for a chap we found in the underpass this morning.
“Yards from where Kane Walker died. In pain. Homeless. Hungry. Cold. Next to his wheelchair. And still in a hospital gown. What is 21st century Britain becoming?”
It was understood the man had gone to bed down in an underpass near the Bullring shopping centre after being discharged from hospital, Birmingham Live reported .
Mr Byrne said in the footage, filmed with the man in the background: “We found one man, he’s 46, he’s still in his hospital gown, he’s still got his hospital tag on, in acute pain and distress.
“And we’ve had to battle for an ambulance in order to make sure he’s looked after properly.
“It’s completely wrong we now have people in acute pain being discharged from hospital and ending up in a stinking underpass that’s freezing cold.
“Just yards actually from where Kane Walker died. We will make sure this chap is looked after, but it shouldn’t have to be like this.”
Mr Walker – described as a “loving and caring” man whose life had spiralled out of control – was found dead yards from the Bullring last month in a tragedy which shocked Birmingham.
He had lost both parents and his grandmother and was said to have refused offers of help from remaining family and friends and instead bedded down on the streets.
He spent “a number of years” sleeping in doorways and sheltering beneath bridges and was a familiar face to homeless outreach teams operating in Birmingham.
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